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The world is primarily an urban place and so scholars, policy makers, and public debate needs to address the urbanity of human experience. Cities are often projected as sources of disorder and social problems, yet cities have always been sources of cultural creativity, transnational connection, diversity, conviviality, and motors of intellectual, economic, environmental and political transformation. 

Building on our work in both the global north and south, we speak to city making and its contradictions that include growing economic disparities, challenging environmental conditions, shifting political affiliations and borders, and globe spanning cosmopolitan cultures.

cities@manchester draws both on the city of Manchester’s unique place at the epicentre of industrial capitalism, and its subsequent strategies to set out its post-industrial futures, and The University of Manchester’s position as one of the top universities in the world.

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