Urban Futures Salford Manchester. Research in the City

Sustainable Stories - The Speakers Corner


Nadine Andrews

Nadine Andrews, Culture Probe

Nadine is a PhD student on the HighWire programme at Lancaster University and the founder of Culture Probe, which seeks to support a life-friendly approach to working.


Vincent Walsh

Vincent Walsh, Biospheric Foundation

Vincent is the Chief Executive at Biospheric Foundation, an ecological experiment in the heart of the Blackfriars Neighbourhood of Salford.  He is also the Director of Epoch Six Research Lab, the founder of Whole Box and a co-chair for the East Salford Communities Living Sustainably programme.





John Hughes

Rev. John Hughes, St John’s Sunshine

John is a founder and Director of St John’s Sunshine, a renewable energy generating co-operative and voluntary community group, based at St John’s Church in Old Trafford


Mark Burton

Mark Burton, Steady State Manchester

Mark is a member of the Steady State Manchester collective, which aims to increase understanding and adoption of steady state policies in Greater Manchester.


Mike Neville

Mike Nevell, University of Salford

Mike is Head of Archaeology at University of Salford, where he runs the Centre for Applied Archaeology, and an advocate of long-term engagement with the future of the past.



Matthew Rowe, Envirolution

Matthew is a member of Envirolution, a community co-operative based in Greater Manchester, which aims to be a catalyst for environmental social change


Ruth Daniel

Ruth Daniel, Un-convention

Ruth is a social music entrepreneur and founder and Director of Un-Convention, a membership organisation dedicated to the future of independent music, with roots in Salford.


Emma Anderson

Emma Anderson, Manchester Museums & Galleries Partnership

Emma is the Manager of the Manchester Museums & Galleries Partnership, a groundbreaking strategic partnership between Manchester City Council and The University of Manchester, which seeks to enhance the contribution of Manchester City Galleries, Whitworth Art Gallery and The Manchester Museum to the city’s cultural life.


Carol Batton

Carol Batton, Poet

Carol is a Manchester-based poet and frequent performer at poetry events in and around Manchester.  Her writing deals with a wide range of subjects including environmental issues and the difficult topic of mental illness.


Amanda Woodvine

Amanda Woodvine, Didsbury Dinners

Amanda is a public health nutritionist, writer and editor and the founder and Programme Director of Didsbury Dinners Community Interest Company.  Didsbury Dinners aims to make it easy for people to save money and eat green in Altrincham, Burnage, Chorlton, Didsbury and Withington.


Chris Jam

Chris Jam, Poet, DJ and Radio Presenter

Chris is a performance poet, DJ and radio presenter, and founder of Speakeasy, an open mic night for spoken work artists and lyricists of all forms at a variety of venues around Manchester.


Linda Carver, Save Ancoats Dispensary Campaign

Linda is the Campaign Co-ordinator for Save Ancoats Dispensary, a grass roots campaign to drive the restoration and conversion of a Victorian, Grade 2 listed building in Ancoats, Manchester, and support the wider regeneration of the neighbourhood.


The exhibition was opened with a series of short presentations from Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, Professor Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor of Salford University and Dr Beth Perry, Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures. It also included a workshop on research carried out by the Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform (part of Mistra Urban Futures) in order to stimulate a discussion about FAIR, GREEN and DENSE cities. It was held as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 3 -6 November 2012.

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