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July 2016

Manchester Urban Institute – new director appointed

(17 July 2016)

Professor of Human Geography, Kevin Ward, will take up his post from 1 August 2016, for a period of three years. 

MUI will combine the strengths of a number of existing research centres and groupings from across The University of Manchester, bringing together colleagues, researchers and graduate students from a range of disciplines including anthropology, architecture, arts management, business studies, development studies, education, epidemiology, engineering, human geography, health sciences, history, Italian studies, Latin American studies, planning and environmental management, political science, social gerontology and sociology. It will be the largest and most intellectually diverse grouping of researchers and students of its kind. 

Professor Kevin Ward said: “I'm delighted to be the first Director of the Manchester Urban Institute. It will draw upon the expertise and knowledge of colleagues from across campus, many of whose work involves partnering with academics and non-academics in cities around the world. The Institute will build upon the University's rich history of blending high quality academic research with making a societal difference, and promises to be the focal point for a lot of exciting research over the next few years."                                   

Head of the School of Environment, Education and Development, within which the Institute will be located, Professor Tim Allott, said: “Kevin has a long established international reputation for the excellence of his research in urban and economic geography. He has had great success over the past few years developing the cities@manchester initiative, working across the Faculty and University to establish our capacity for urban research and laying the foundations for the new Institute. We are delighted that he has now been appointed as first Director of the Manchester Urban Institute and look forward to his leadership of this ambitious agenda.”