Professor Simon Guy

Professor, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Digital, Global & Development)

Profile

Simon began his career as an engineer before beginning his academic life pursuing studies in the humanities and cultural sociology. Situated within schools of architecture and planning, Simon has focussed upon sustainable urbanism where his interdisciplinary and international research connects architecture with urban planning, the property sector with utilities, academia with industry. He has established links with academics in North America, Asia and Europe and has held research fellowships in Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Graz, Leuven, California and Singapore.

Simon has published around sixty refereed article, over thirty book chapters and six books. He has been responsible as a principal or co-investigator for around £4.5 million of research income (£2.5 million as PI) derived from a variety of sources including RCUK, European and industry funds. These funds have been spread across the social sciences, the arts and humanities and engineering, as well as across both environmental (Global Environmental Change) and economic themes (Cities and Economic Competitiveness).

His collaborations, particularly with industry, have helped to secure:

£25 million from Tesco to establish the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) at The University of Manchester.

£750, 000 from the Oglesby Charitable Trust to establish the EcoCities programme to deliver a blueprint for action on climate adaptation in Greater Manchester