Goal 17: Research

The University’s research activities play a key role in our approach to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Here’s a wider showcase 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.

Project Honeycomb

Our criminology researchers are linking up with leading research and technology development company, Trilateral Research, to collaborate on Project Honeycomb.

This will develop relationships with organisations across the private, public and civil society sectors, and support them to record information related to modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.

Building on these insights, Honeycomb will run a series of campaigns and help the city intelligently and creatively protect people from the crimes of human trafficking and modern slavery as well as interrupting traffickers’ activities.