Research addressing inequalities in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is the largest urban economy outside of London, yet many people are unable to fully participate in and benfit from the region’s success.

We’re using our expertise to work with public, private and third sector organisations to address some of the most significant issues of equality and fairness across Greater Manchester. We’ve established an Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, to ensure that poverty reduction is central to the growth and devolution agendas in Greater Manchester. We’re co-producing policy solutions on age-friendly cities, health inequalities, urban governance for social innovation and language diversity. We’re assessing the role of our University as an ‘anchor institution’ in working with a neighbouring community across mutually agreed social priorities. And we’re critically assessing the opportunities and challenges brought about by devolution of specific powers to our region of Greater Manchester.

A growing programme of research is aiming to address inequalities in Greater Manchester and maximise the benefits for the city region from our research through collaboration and engagement with the public and policymakers. A wide range of work has developed, many with large grants, to tackle these issues:

  • £987,000 is being invested in a Greater Manchester Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, with £400,000 of this coming from our partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • £800,000 is being invested in Jam and Justice - an Economic and Social Research Council research programme examining what makes for successful governance around social justice and innovation.
  • £3.9 million is being invested from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Open World Research Initiative in a national consortium led by The University of Manchester which will investigate the central role languages play in relation to key contemporary issues such as social cohesion, migration, business and diplomacy.
  • We are working with a coalition of regional organisations and The Centre for Ageing Better. This independent foundation has a £50 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund and will help build an evidence base for transforming attitudes and experiences of later life.
  • A DevoManc Hub has been created to bring together the University’s work on matters of devolution in Greater Manchester, covering projects on crime and policing, health and social care, austerity, the arts, economic development and inclusive governance.
  • An Ardwick Anchor Institution project is being seeded through University discretionary funds to investigate the role of the University as an Anchor Institution in a neighbouring area to the University.

Each of these research projects will have impact at their core and will be seeking to measure their impact on policies and practice around inequalities.