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Fuelling the future: new hydrogen partnership launches

The research expertise of Manchester’s three leading universities is at the centre of a drive to bring a carbon-free version of a new energy source to the city.

Governing Sustainability in Greater Manchester

Beth Perry, Mark Atherton and Mike Hodson take a look at the governance of sustainability in Greater Manchester.

What urban capacities exist to develop sustainable urban futures, formally and informally? What do different policies for sustainable urban development look like in different countries? How do different stakeholders and communities influence policy formulation? What can we learn from sharing experiences between cities in different parts of the globe?

Comparative Urban Futures: Spatial Networks for Sustainable Urban Development

Greater Manchester is not an island. A number of academic and policy studies have highlighted how cities responses to the challenges of sustainability are shaped by a broader set of national-local and city-city relationships.  Since the new Coalition government in the UK in 2010, relationships between national government and cities have been reshaped. What are the consequences of these changes? How important are cities’ broader spatial networked relationships for how they address sustainable urban development (SUD)? What value is there in learning between and across different urban responses to sustainability in 21st Century Britain?

Turn Up the Volume: An Economy for All

How can we create an economy for all? Alex Wharton reports on the CLES Summit 2013.

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Turn Up the Volume: Towards a Just Manchester

What can be done to make Greater Manchester more just?  Alex Wharton reports on Manchester: A Just City?, one of a series of Urban Fora organised by cities@manchester.

Renewed efforts to bridge a digital divide

Last month Manchester’s free internet service, the _FreebeeMCR network,  expanded across the city, with  WiFi access now available at key city centre transport hubs, too. But what more can the city do to bridge the so-called ‘digital divide’ and ensure that all Mancunians benefit from the city’s digital success?

The Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform

Beth Perry of the University of Salford introduces the work being carried out, supported by Mistra Urban Futures, to create Local Interaction Platform for Greater Manchester, dedicated to a fairer, greener and denser city.

Briefing: An outline of Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub

A briefing on Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub; it's priorities, programmes and the evidence base it's using to create growth across the low carbon and environmental sectors.

Workshop held on career development in the low carbon sector

Summary and results from a workshop in Wigan looking at the health of the Low Carbon Skills Sector across Greater Manchester and the North West.

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Perspectives Essay: Manchester – A Sustainable Future

In this Perspectives Essay, the Leader of Manchester City Council, Richard Leese, argues that for the foreseeable future a healthy, sustainable future for Manchester and, by association, Greater Manchester depends on maintaining a growth trajectory. This is not growth at any cost. The city should continue to be capable of sustaining human life in a socially acceptable and civilised way. Drawing on evidence from the city’s recent history of urban development, he concludes that Manchester is going in the right direction, and that the city-region is taking the right approach, building consensus and taking people with it, but that the pace of change needs to quicken.

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