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Prof  James Evans - Personal details


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Role: Professor


Location: Arthur Lewis Building-1.049
School of Environment, Education and Development
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL



James Evans is a Professor in Geography whose research explores how cities learn to become smarter and more sustainable. He has published widely on urban environmental governance, with over 30 peer-reviewed papers and two authored books in the field and has held fellowships at UCLA and the Volkwagen Institute. His current research explores the role living labs are playing in achieving smart and sustainable urban development, and his leading the University's involvement in Triangulum, a five-year Horizon 2020 project to establish smart districts across Europe. He is committed to developing innovative and interdisciplinary action research styles, establishing and directing the University Living Lab and the Manchester Cycling Lab, and has worked with a range of external organisations, including the United Nations, Arup and a range of national and local governments. Since 2014 he has been a Formas Guest Researcher at Lund University leading research on urban labs.    

  • Professor, University of Manchester (2015)
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester (2007)
  • Lecturer, University of Birmingham (2004)
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Birmingham (2003)
  • ESRC-NERC PhD, University of Birmingham (1999)
  • ESRC MSc, University of Birmingham (1998)
  • MA Oxon, 1st Class, Geography (1995) 


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