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Lessons for environmental science through a global environmental history of Manchester

Research by Dr Aditya Ramesh and colleagues

Funded via a NERC-AHRC Hidden Histories of Environmental Science grant.

Team leader: Dr Aditya Ramesh, The University of Manchester

Project partners:

  • British Geological Survey

  • The Geological Society of London

  • Manchester Geographical Society

  • Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

  • John Rylands Research Institute and Library


Working with various Manchester-based institutions engaged in climate science, Cottonopolis seeks to unravel the socio-environmental legacies of industrial cotton production in Manchester.

The project will examine the global impacts this legacy created on scientific knowledge and deliver talks and workshops and a public digital archive to share key findings with community groups.

It aims to re-cast the future of environmental sciences in Britain and beyond.