Dr Angela Connelly


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Research interests

Angela has a broad and varied number of research interests which reflects her interdisciplinary training and background.

Firstly, she is interested in how buildings change and adapt even though they may seem like fixed and solid objects. Her PhD, for example,  traced the adaptation pathways of religious buildings in the face of wider processes of secularisation. This has led to interests in how post-1945 places of worship were planned for (or not) in new towns and housing estates. 

Secondly, she undertakes applied planning research on climate change adaptation and urban sustainability in the built environment and has, amongst others, worked with Liverpool City Council. Manchester City Council, Rochdale Borough Council, and the Building Research Establishment. This work has looked at how to practically adapt buildings to cope with flooding and extreme temperatures, as well as how these aspects are goverened. She has, more recently, became interested in the interchange between various disciplines in addressing the climate change agenda by working with musicians and artists to understand the issues and also to communicate climate change. 

Other research

Current Projects

Angela is currently working on three projects:

Innovative financing and delivery of natural climate solutions in Greater Manchester (IGNITION), funded under the European Union Urban Innovation Action Fund. 

Peri-urbanisation and climate-environment interactions (Peri-cene), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

Identifying and prioritising nature based climate change adaptation measures for addressing future flood risk: creating a systematic evidence map, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.  

Previous projects


Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructure (RESIN) project

RESIN was an interdisciplinary, practice-based research project investigating climate resilience in European cities. Through co-creation and knowledge brokerage between cities and researchers, the project developed practical and applicable tools to support cities in designing and implementing climate adaptation strategies for their local contexts. 


Fields of Green: Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities

Fields of Green was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore the environmental sustainability of Scotland’s music festivals and their capacity to enable ‘greener’ audience behaviours within the temporary communities formed during such events. The project lays the foundations for a future community of practice of music festival organisers and artists working together towards a greener Scotland. Connelly worked with the University of Edinburgh, the University of the West of Scotland and Creative Carbon Scotland, particularly to understand audience behaviour in the context of temporary music festivals. 

The Jetty Project

The Jetty Project - funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council - tried to understand whether a practice-led arts project can act as a catalyst in reigniting interest in disused piece of industrial archaeology in the River Tyne. The project website can be visited by clicking here.

Climate Just

Jointly funded by the Environment Agency and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation it will will deliver a set of web-based decision support resources for practitioners to assist them in delivering socially just responses to climate change.

Smart Resilience Technology, Systems and Tools - SMARTeST

The EU-funded SMARTeST project that aims to help technologies for improved safety of the built environment in relation to flood events. Led by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), ten partners delivered research across seven case study countries. The project was the result of close collaborations between industry, research and policymakers.

EcoCities: The Bruntwood Initiative for Sustainable Cities

EcoCities was a joint initiative between the University of Manchester and property companyBruntwood. The interdisciplinary project looked at the impacts of climate change and at how we can adapt our cities to the challenges and opportunities that a changing climate presents and developed an adaptation blueprint for Greater Manchester.

Liverpool's Lost Railway Heritage

Focussing on the early structures relating to the 1830 Liverpool & Manchester Railway, including the original tunnels that still run under Liverpool, this project produced a statement on their significance along with gathering stakeholder views on the future for this (largely unprotected) heritage.


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display