Environment and energy
We are a leader in energy and environmental research, ranging from nuclear power and climate change issues, to environmental economics. It will be an area of huge policy focus in coming years as our dependence on the environment increases.
Our environment must be given very careful attention and the public policy around it is a very important field. Here are our research centres and institutes specialising in these areas.
Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI)
A centre of excellence researching environmental sustainability and consumption issues. The SCI is looking at ways to help governments, households, businesses, charities and NGOs move to more environmentally sustainable living. The SCI has been set up against the background of the global threat from climate change.
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The University's team in the Tyndall partnership provides policy-influencing insights on energy and climate change. The Tyndall Centre is a partnership that brings together scientists, economists, engineers and social scientists to develop sustainable responses to climate change. The centre aims to facilitate sustainable routes for adapting to climate change through policy, behavioural and technological innovation and robust decision-support tools.
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Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)
The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) is the first university-based, purpose-built interdisciplinary research institute of its kind in the UK. MIB are experts and policy influencers in emerging areas of excellence in the wider biotechnology field; including medical biotechnology and therapeutics, biofuels and energy and industrial biotechnology.
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The Manchester Energy network brings together academics from across the University involved in energy-related research and works to support the needs of industry, government and wider society.
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Dalton Nuclear Institute
The Dalton Nuclear Institute is the most advanced academic nuclear research capability in the UK. Through academic and industrial interdisciplinary collaboration, the institute plays a key role in providing the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a low-carbon future through nuclear energy. It has many strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia - ensuring that their research programmes have direct relevance and policy influence to the nuclear sector.
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Knowledge for Wildfire
The Knowledge for Wildfire Knowledge Exchange Fellowship project aims to improve the management of wildfire risk in the UK through knowledge exchange; working closely with the Fire Service, land managers, policy-makers and academics from a wide range of disciplines.
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Manchester Urban Institute
The Manchester Urban Institute generates world-class research, achieves high levels of engagement and impact with non-academic stakeholders and trains the next generation of urban activists, decision-makers, researchers and scholars. By bringing together work from across the arts and humanities, the social sciences, business and health they increase understanding of the global urban condition - past, present and future.
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Centre for Atmospheric Science
The Centre for Atmospheric Science studies processes important to climate change and air quality in the troposphere and lower stratosphere – the lowest 20 km of the Earth’s atmosphere.
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