People and Energy Collective

This webbsite is the joint effort of a number of researchers within the People and Energy Collective (PEC) at the Manchester Urban Institute.  From its base in the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester, our group carries out multidisciplinary research for scientific understanding and practical application. We draw our expertise mainly from the disciplines of geography, environmental science, spatial planning, energy studies and systems studies. In total, over 50 researchers are directly involved in PEC: this figure includes lecturers, researchers, honorary staff and PhD students.

Funded by UK research councils, the European Union, as well as a range of governments, independent charities and agencies, our scholarship covers a wide range of themes with academic and policy relevance, including:

  • Energy, society and space: socio-technical issues around energy circulations, with a special focus on urban institutional, infrastructure and vulnerability issues in particular;
  • Urban climate resilience: responses to climate change impacts and policy effects, in the context of adaptation / mitigation strategies and capacities.
  • Spatial systems, transformations and linkages: urban-­‐rural relations, land-­‐use change, landscape impacts, spatial planning, resource flows, socio-­‐technical metabolisms and transitions.

Within these themes PEC also specialises in the application of innovative research strands, i.e. an approach to complex problems which combines theory with methods and tools. These include: foresight and future studies; adaptive learning and assessment, ICT and geographic information systems; systems and complexity studies; and risk and resilience.

PEC is convened by Professor Stefan Bouzarovski, and includes academics at various career stages, from across the Manchester Urban Institute.

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