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Centre for Urban Policy Studies (CUPS)
Part of the School of Environment, Education and Development

Welcome to CUPS

Centre for Urban Policy Studies City model, Barcelona Castlefields, Manchester River Irwell, Manchester/Salford Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays Commuting distance

CUPS was established in Manchester University by Professor Brian Robson in 1983 to develop research on urban and regional policy.
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CUPS is in the Faculty of Humanities’ Cities@Manchester Research Network.

Latest News

CUPS staff contribute to Springer Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research

The recently published Springer Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research contains entries on contextual indicators, ecological fallacy, economic and social indicators, environmental impact assessment, indicator methodology, indicator selection criteria, land-use planning, monitoring, neighbourhood change, policy evaluation, spatial analysis, spatial planning, strategic environmental assessment, sustainable development indicators, trend analysis, and the United Kingdom from a range of CUPS staff.

Ying Ying Tian joins CUPS

Dr. Ying Ying Tian, an urban designer/architect, has joinged CUPS as an Honorary Research Fellow. She currently serves as Director of JTP Cities China and Associate of John Thompson & Partners (JTP). CUPS staff would like to welcome her and look forward to working with her on future research endeavours.

Nuno Pinto joins CUPS

The Centre is pleased to welcome Nuno Pinto, a Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Management, to CUPS. Nuno was the recipient of the Breheny Prize for the best paper in 2010 in Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, a leading academic journal in the field of urban modeling and urban planning.

Our Research

Our Research currently covers three broad themes:

  1. Evaluation of area-based urban policy initiatives;
  2. Territorial spatial planning;
  3. Spatial analysis and public participation GIS.

The most recent CUPS Report can be viewed in PDF format by following this link: CUPS Report 2012/13.

Our Impact

Our development of new methodologies changed the way governments and international organisations monitor their spatial planning policies.


The Centre has a staff of twenty-one, including academics, associates and research staff.

Postgraduate Research

CUPS has a thriving postgraduate research community. We welcome enquiries from prospective research students.