Manchester Policy Blogs: Urban
A collection of ideas and analysis on key issues covering cities, devolution and spatial policies.
How can a human development approach inform debates on Greater Manchester’s future?
14 June 2017
On June 14th the University of Manchester is publishing a Human Development Report for Greater Manchester. Here, Jill Rubery lays out why the report is important and some of its key findings. Human development means putting people at the centre. This means putting social goals into investment decisions, developing a longer term approach and focusing […]
Research reveals people across Greater Manchester attach particular importance to ‘compassionate’ values
1 June 2017
Greater Mancunians are more likely to think it is important to be honest, kind and care about social issues than the average UK citizen, yet underestimate the importance that fellow citizens of the city region place on these values. Commissioned before the terrorist attack on Manchester last week, the research offers further insight into the […]
Re-making Greater Manchester Sustainably
30 May 2017
Newly elected Metro-Mayor Andy Burnham has promised to declare an ‘accelerated ambition’ for Greater Manchester’s green credentials at a Mayor’s Green Summit later this year. But how might a more sustainable Greater Manchester take form? A workshop hosted by the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and the recently established Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) (both part of […]
Tackling labour market challenges: six messages for the new GM Mayor
22 May 2017
Dr Jo Cartwright, Research Associate at The University of Manchester examines the labour market challenges facing the Greater Manchester region and offers ways in which the new Mayor could tackle them. While Greater Manchester has a growing jobs market, there are issues with the quality of this growth – one in four local residents in […]
Could Greater Manchester’s plans for transport be bolder?
18 May 2017
Greater Manchester’s Transport Strategy 2040 was published in February 2017. Led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), the Strategy aims to direct the long-term shape of Greater Manchester’s transport system to 2040. With a new mayor and devolution, there is an opportunity to be bolder, to make the most of this opportunity, say Mike Hodson and […]