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Manchester Environmental Research Institute proposal approved

(29 June 2017)

Funding has been agreed for two years to develop Manchester Environmental Research Institute (MERI) into a fully functional Institute under the leadership of Professor Hugh Coe, Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences. The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) will play a pivotal role in leading on one of the research themes, along with involvement from other colleagues across the Faculty of Humanities who are researching different aspects of the environment.

MERI will act to develop, foster and promote multi- and inter-disciplinary environmental research in the University and, in doing so, will enable The University of Manchester to be a world leading inter-disciplinary centre for environmental research. It will act as a focus for attracting funding from an increasingly wide range of opportunities that focus on inter- and multi-disciplinarity to solve complex local, regional and global environmental problems. MERI will enhance the impact of our research, enabling key stakeholders to engage with our researchers more effectively, and grow the training of the next generation of interdisciplinary Environmental researchers.  

The Institute will adopt a ‘hub and spoke’ approach, with a small hub consisting of the Director, administrative support and an Institute manager. The emphasis will be on working with the Schools’ research strengths to build connected research teams and combining expertise to place ourselves in the optimum position to benefit from current and future opportunities. 

MERI represents a crucial opportunity for SEED to substantially enhance its environmental research, with the emphasis on interdisciplinary opportunities as a key part of the strategic plan.