Our work on Goal 17

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals

Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals

As one of the world’s leading research institutions and the UK’s first university to have social responsibility as a core goal, we’re tackling the SDGs in four inter-related ways: through our research, learning and students, public engagement activity and operations.

Here’s a selection of our work addressing Goal 17.


Research partnerships

We lead and participate in global, national and regional partnerships to advance our impact against the sustainable development goals.


Globally, we’ve partnered with academic, government, industry and NGO partners in East Africa, Ghana, Myanmar, Jordan and India on FutureDAMS – the world’s largest programme into the sustainable development of the world’s dams.

We’ve partnered with the European Commission and its member states through our Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV) programme.

Our Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) partners with organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Save the Children (SCF) to advance research and practice in humanitarianism.


Nationally, we’re in the highest performing category in England for the proportion of our research undertaken alongside non-academic partners.

An example is our leadership of The Productivity Institute, which brings together world-leading experts from a range of disciplines, working directly with policymakers, businesses and the HM Treasury to improve productivity and advance living standards and wellbeing across the whole of the UK.


Our researchers partner with public, private and not-for-profit agencies across our region in areas such as health, education and innovation.

We’re working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and secondary schools on a pioneering #BeeWell programme to create a framework to measure and improve mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools across the region.

Effective States and Inclusive Development

Our Global Development Institute has led the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre, a global partnership that spans 26 countries and a myriad of partners, for more than a decade.

The Centre investigates the kinds of politics that promote development, deepening the understanding of governance in the developing world in ways that impact on policy and practice around areas such as economic growth, natural resource governance and women’s empowerment.


Learning and students

Global MOOC on University Social Responsibility

The University is one of the seven international universities to contribute towards a global University Social Responsibility Massive Online Open Course (MOOC).

Q-Step data partnerships

We partner with small local charities in Manchester right through to major government departments through our Q-Step programme.

This places students on internships in organisations that require data skills and analysis and we’ve collaborated on projects with the Office for National Statistics on global, national and regional datasets used to measure progress on SDGs.


Public engagement


Policy@Manchester is our University’s sector-leading policy engagement institute.

It connects researchers with policymakers and influencers, nurturing long-term policy engagement partnerships and impact.

Public engagement partnerships

We partner with a range of organisations to carry out meaningful public engagement with diverse audiences and share ideas and research as well as inspiring informed discussion, debate and creativity.

Examples include:



Civic partnerships

Examples of our civic partnerships include:

We also prioritise global partnerships to advance our work towards the SDGs. These include:

University partnerships

In 2018, we signed the international SDG Accord as part of our ongoing commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. In 2019 our Alliance Manchester Business School signed the Principles for Responsible Management in Education (PRME).