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Jeremy is a Senior Research Fellow working at the University of Manchester. He leads the Green and Resilient Urban Futures theme within the Manchester Urban Institute. His research interests focus on environmental planning and management, particularly urban climate change adaptation and resilience. He has brought in research projects with an award value to the University of Manchester of over £1 million, designed and delivered undergraduate courses and lectures, and published journal articles on this theme. He is currently principal investigator responsible for the University of Manchester’s input to a European Union Urban Innovative Actions project on urban green infrastructure in Greater Manchester (IGNITION). He is also leading a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) project looking at evidence on the effectiveness of natural flood management measures. Jeremy’s research connects closely to policy makers and practitioners and has a focus on developing collaborative outputs that have impact beyond the academic community. His external roles have included acting as adaptation theme leader during the development of Greater Manchester’s Climate Change Strategy. He currently sits on the board of Greater Manchester’s Local Nature Partnership and the Manchester Climate Change Partnership. In 2013, Jeremy was appointed as an international expert supporting the Committee of the Regions on their submission to the European Commission on the EU Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. 

Research interests

•Environmental planning and management

•Climate change adaptation and resilience

•Collaborative academic research 

•Flood risk management

•Scenario planning

Current Projects

Principal investigator responsible for the University of Manchester’s input to a European Commission Urban Innovation Action project titled, Innovative financing and delivery of natural climate solutions in Greater Manchester (IGNITION). This project is focused on developing innovative mechanisms to increase Greater Manchester’s urban green infrastructure cover. The University of Manchester budget on this project is €555,536.

Ongoing (11/17 to 11/21)

Principal investigator responsible for the University of Manchester’s input to a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) project falling within the Environmental Evidence for the Future call. The project is titled, Identifying and prioritising nature based climate change adaptation measures for addressing future flood risk: creating a systematic evidence map. This project brings £97,437 to the University of Manchester. 

Ongoing (1/19 to 1/20)

Selected Completed Research Projects

2015-2018: Principal Investigator responsible for University of Manchester’s input to the Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures project (RESIN). Further details available at:

2014-2015: Principal Investigator responsible for the Flooding of Transport Infrastructure Networks and Assets (FINA) project, funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.

2014-2015: Co-investigator on an Innovate UK project named Aster Housing Association climate change risk and cost diagnosis.

2008-2013: Lead researcher on the EcoCities project, which focused on climate change adaptation in Greater Manchester.

2011-2013: Principal Investigator on the Climate Proof Cities project, funded within the Dutch Knowledge for Climate Programme.

2012-2013: Principal Investigator on the EU Cities Adapt project, funded by the European Commission’s DG Climate Action. 

2008-2011: Principal investigator on the INTERREG IVC Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns project (GRaBS). In 2012 GRaBS won the EC’s ‘RegioStars Award’ as the best project in the Sustainable Growth category.

2005-2007: Principal investigator on the European Network of Municipalities and Rivers (ENMaR) project, funded by INTERREG IIIC.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Urban Institute


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