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The Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform

Beth Perry of the University of Salford introduces the work being carried out, supported by Mistra Urban Futures, to create Local Interaction Platform for Greater Manchester, dedicated to a fairer, greener and denser city.

Keith Williamson [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The dynamics of diversity across Greater Manchester

According to research by the University of Manchester, ethnically diverse areas are more likely to be healthier and the residents are less likely to experience discrimination, and one area of Greater Manchester could rank as one of the most diverse in the world.

Spotlight: Manchester's new Health and Wellbeing Board

As official figures released this week show residents in the North West are the most likely to die early, Helen Carter takes a look at a new statutory committee, the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board, which was established in April this year.

The increasing risk of extreme weather and climate change: EcoCities report

The University of Manchester's EcoCities team have produced an analysis of the risks of extreme weather and climate change for Greater Manchester over the coming century.

Perspectives essay: social arts, creative flux and citizen led innovation

Professor Paul Haywood from the University of Salford argues that the domination of public  engagement and public funding by an increasingly professionalised creative sector has unintentionally forced citizens to find increasingly deviant and imaginative ways of preserving and promoting their own cultural enterprise (activism).

Turn Up the Volume: Local Action in an Era of Localism

What does localism mean for local communities and what, in particular, does it mean for disadvantaged local communities who've felt the brunt of austerity and welfare cuts?  Alex Wharton summarises the main arguments made by speakers at a one-day research workshop at The Open University.

Cranes and cheery pickers on the Manchester skyline

Perspectives Essay: Manchester – A Sustainable Future

In this Perspectives Essay, the Leader of Manchester City Council, Richard Leese, argues that for the foreseeable future a healthy, sustainable future for Manchester and, by association, Greater Manchester depends on maintaining a growth trajectory. This is not growth at any cost. The city should continue to be capable of sustaining human life in a socially acceptable and civilised way. Drawing on evidence from the city’s recent history of urban development, he concludes that Manchester is going in the right direction, and that the city-region is taking the right approach, building consensus and taking people with it, but that the pace of change needs to quicken.

Perspectives essay: making the case for a people-centred approach to sustainability in Greater Manchester

In this essay, the Director of Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO), Alex Whinnom, argues that if Greater Manchester is to be a sustainable city it needs to address a number of key challenges, the biggest of which is to involve all citizens in discussing and developing a shared perspective of what sustainability means -- what it might look like, why it is important and how it can be achieved.

Transformation, adaptation & competitive advantage - The GM Climate Change Strategy

Approved by the AGMA Executive Board on 29th July 2011, the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy sets out how we aim to reduce direct carbon dioxide emissions by an ambitious 48% by 2020 - a target 14% above compliance with the UK Government Target, competitive with international practice! The implementation plan for the strategy 2012-14 provides the context for current work.

Turning the plan into action - implementing the GM Climate Change Strategy

What value is a plan if it doesn't lead to action? Influenced by stakeholders, compilation of a GM project database and the consideration of priorities and programme targets, the GM Climate Change Strategy Implementation Plan puts in place attainable levels of activity and targets to ensure Greater Manchester tackle the opportunities and challenges presented by climate change for the period up to 2020.


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