Sustainability database


Prof Simon Guy

Head of School of Environment, Education and Development and Director Manchester Architecture Research Centre

- Member of the University's Sustainability Steering Group

My research aims to critically understanding the co-evolution of design and development strategies and socio-economic processes shaping cities. This approach has involved the development and application of an innovative sociotechnical approach to researching architecture, urban development, technological innovation and urban change analysis and integration of previously disconnected research fields - architecture and urban planning, the property sector and utilities industry.


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Interdisciplinary themes: 




A network of leading pan-European organisations involved in integrating climate change adaptation into regional planning and development.



EcoCities project works with Manchester City Council and partners to produce a local sustainability plan for the city region.



The CLUES Project critically assessed the development of decentralised energy systems in urban areas in the light of national decarbonisation and urban sustainability goals.


Zero Carbon Habitation

The overarching aim of the project is to analyse the social aspects of sustainability as they relate to building design, energy use, and the daily practices of building occupants.


Global Warming in Bangladesh

This research explores how to effectively address the problems of poor urban people, in a context of rapid climate change. It adopts a cross-disciplinary perspective


Conditioning Demand

The goal of this project is to understand the diversity and dynamics of thermal experiences in an ageing society and their implications for current and future energy consumption.


Sustainable Practices Research Group

If there is to be any effective response to climate change, substantially and significantly new ways of living are urgently required. There is growing recognition of the need for fresh ways of framing problems of climate change, consumption and demand, and for forms of intervention capable of catalysing entrenched habits and practices and of doing so quickly and on a big scale.  Understanding and intervening in the dynamics of social practice are central to the challenge of sustainable consumption.

Sustainability, Consumption, sustainable consumption, Climate change


The Manchester Architecture Research Centre

Our mission is to rework the disciplinary boundaries of architecture and the social sciences so as to open up new areas of architectural research, create new standards of architectural pedagogy, and facilitate new ways of engaging in public debate. Launched in 2007 with an inaugural lecture by Bruno Latour, MARC has gained an international reputation as a leading centre of architectural scholarship, and has created through the years a vibrant research environment with its series of visiting speakers, symposia, workshops, exhibitions, and debates.

Buildings, Built environment, Architecture


Society and Environment Research Group

The Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) comprises researchers from the School of Environment and Development and the School of Social Sciences at Manchester University . The SERG is one of the largest groupings of environmental social scientists in the UK and internationally. It contains internationally distinguished researchers and early career scholars who are fast gaining recognition for their work. Group members share a common interest in the causes and consequences of environmental change.

Society, Environment, Sustainability, Interdisciplinary



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. 

Cities, Sustainable cities, Smart cities, Built environment