Built Environment - part of something bigger

Sustainability research

When you start a built environment-based degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who help deliver your courses are also part of a collective delivering collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global environmental issues and challenges.

Read on and discover how you will become part of something bigger.

Local Roots. Global Ambitions

As a civic university at the heart of Greater Manchester, we're passionate about making our region a sustainable, inclusive and progressive place for everyone.  And just like the pioneering role we had in the first industrial revolution, we believe that the ideas and initiatives we test here in Greater Manchester, such as nature-based solutions, can make positive changes on a global scale.

Testing Nature-Based Solutions

Nature-based solutions in urban areas can help to tackle climate change. The €4.6 million EU funded IGNITION Project set a target to uplift green infrastructure in Greater Manchester and develop business models for investment in Nature-base Solutions (NBS).


The NBS Living Lab at University of Salford provides a retrofit installation to showcase a variety of NBS climate mitigation solutions and delivers evidence to inform stakeholders on investment schemes based on real-time data, and raise awareness of economic, environmental and well-being benefits of such technologies for communities.

Learn more about IGNITION

Ignition Project

Research with Impact

Real Estate Surveying at Salford

Globally, more humans are choosing to live and work in cities and urban built environments. The Centre for Urban Processing, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Built Environment (UPRISE) at Salford is a multi-disciplinary research centre that looks to identify, articulate and address the challenges that cities face.

The UPRISE research community works across a range of subject areas to identify how we might design, deliver and experience cities differently, considering issues that impact at both the local and global levels. Research can range from hard technical work, such as our work in BIM, simulation, smart and connected homes and energy, to wider questions of how we create a resilient city in the face of climate change. 

Recognising the importance of stakeholder collaboration, we work closely with industry, local and national government and the third sector. Our research remit looks locally within Salford and Greater Manchester, but also globally, providing a hub for shared ideas.

Our specialist research centres are problem-led. Focused research groups include:

  • Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Digital Built Environment
  • Education and Learning in the Built Environment
  • Infrastructure
  • Smart Urban Futures

Universities are integral to advancing our understanding of the world around us.  Our Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures and Sustainable Built Environment (UPRISE) is leading vital research into how we can build new knowledge and inform future policy.

Our pioneering research helping communities in Sri Lanka prepare for natural disasters is just one example of how we do this. Watch our REF21 summary video to learn more about this research project.

Research and Enterprise: Enhancing community preparedness for disasters in Sri Lanka