Cities and urban energy use

Across the globe, cities are both the key sites of energy production and consumption whilst also representing the main sites of social, economic and technological change.

The Manchester Urban Institute unites the strength of a number of research groupings and is the culmination an impressive history of urban studies at The University of Manchester spanning more than four decades.

Located in a global network of academics, activists, businesses, charities, consultants, government agencies, labour unions and NGOs, the University provides a platform for our world-leading thinkers to influence and actively debate urban policy, whilst instigating positive change for urban environments across the world. MUI’s inherently “socio-technical” environment ensures researchers in Manchester are at the forefront of adapting and applying their work to the issue of energy consumption in cities.

In terms of substantive issues, our expertise extends to areas such as sustainable urban development, ecological modernisation, energy use and comfort in buildings, the facilitation of sustainable behaviours through certain material settings, low carbon design, public engagement with community energy projects, building regulations and their implementation, uptake of alternative energy strategies, integration of networked and autonomous energy technologies, upgrade of energy networks, fuel poverty or heat wave vulnerability.

MUI has been awarded some significant opportunities in the area of energy research. One such project is the European Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV), a 40 month project which started in December 2016, aimed at engendering transformational change in knowledge about the extent of energy poverty in Europe, and measures to combat it.

The EPOV project is funded by the European Commission, and is implemented by a consortium of 13 organisations, including universities, advocacy groups, think tanks, and the business sector. The University of Manchester leads the consortium: Dr Harriet Thomson acts as Project Manager, while Professor Stefan Bouzarovski chairs the Steering Committee.

I think a game changer would be a broad, society-wide appreciation of the benefits that using energy more wisely in the operation of our homes can yield for ourselves, and Earth’s numerous life support systems upon which we all depend.

Alastiar Moore, PhD
Informing fuel poverty policies

Researchers are investigating the drivers behind fuel poverty across Europe in order to inform national and international policy.

EVAULATE project highlight

European Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV)

A Manchester project is looking at how to tackle energy poverty

EPOV project highlight

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