Angela is a trained social scientist and passionate advocate on all things relating to climate and environment. She joined the MSA in March 2020, after a long period of applied research on climate change adaptation and resilience at the University of Manchester where she was a member of the Manchester Urban Institute and the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy. 

Academic and professional qualifications

PhD Planning and Landscape (2011), University of Manchester.

MA (Econ) Political Science (2005), University of Manchester

BA (Hons) Politics (2002), University of Strathclyde

Previous Employment

2011 – 2020. Research Associate, School of Environment, Education & Development, University of Manchester.

2014 – 2016
Senior Research Associate, Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA), Lancaster University. 

Academic service (administration and management)

Angela is the MSA's Sustainability Lead. 

Prior to arriving at MMU, she was a researcher representative to the University of Manchester, SEED Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee 

Undergraduate courses

Angela is the course leader of BA2 Humanities 'Architecture, Climate and Society'

The course was developed in 2021 to address a key contemporary thematic that is at the forefront of academic and professional activities in architecture and landscape architecture: critically understanding the climate emergency. The unit helps architects and landscape architects to understand the importance of developing a theoretically informed position when addressing the climate emergency.

Angela also contributes to lectures across various programmes and BA Skills - all on addressing the complexity of climate change in the built environment disciplines.

Postgraduate teaching

Angela is the leader of MArch 2 in Atelier Some Kind of Nature.

In the face of twin climate and biodiversity crises, atelier Some Kind of Nature attends to the entangled fate of organisms. We engage with contemporary discourses and strategies around the climate crisis and acknowledge the impact of homo sapiens on the physical, chemical, and biological systems of the planet. Interdisciplinarity is at the core of our pedagogy, and we extend that collaborative ethos to more-than-human actors, redefining our engagement with the environment as a multi-voiced or polyphonic narrative. What would our world look like if we decentred humans and designed for all life?

Angela also supervises MArch 1 dissertations on the theme of climate change adaptation, zero carbon living, and climate change pedagogies for architecture.


‘When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday’, performance and presentation at Utopias Fair, part of the AHRC Connected Communities Programme, 26 – 28th June 2016 (with University of the West of Scotland, University of Glasgow & Creative Carbon Scotland). See: 

‘City under Water’ (with Lawson, N.,, O, Hare, P., and White, I.), Interactive Learning Exhibition as part of the Manchester Science Festival, 27th October 2012. Target age range: 7 to 12 years.

Consultancy and advisory roles

  • International Reference and Advisory Group Member for ERA-NET funded project: ‘Unpacking climate impact CHAINs. A new generation of action – and user-oriented climate change risk assessments (UNCHAIN). Led by the Western Norway Research Institute (2020 – 2023).
  • Advisory Group Member, CIRIA-led Code of Practice for Flood Resilience, 2018.
  • Expert Reviewer, British Standards Institute, Review of the Standards for Flood Resilience Technologies, August 2013 – June 2014.
  • Equality Charter Unit, Athena SWAN, Charter Panel Member, 2015-2016.
  • Steering Group Member, Rochdale Community Resilience Pathfinder, March 2013 – March 2015.

Expert reviewer for external funding bodies

She has reviewed research proposals for:
• ESRC Open Research Area (ORA) scheme, ESRC standard research grants and the Hudson River Foundation.

Editiorial Board membership

Associate Editor of Regional Studies - Regional Science


Research Interests

With a background in Science and Technology Studies (STS), Angela's research covers two main areas. Firstly, she is interested in critically understanding the adaptation of buildings and cities to a range of different pressures. She unpacks the interactions between socio-economic, governance, ecological and technological processes that shape the built environment. Work here has examined the use of new technologies and processes to adapt urban areas to increased flood risk and heatwaves.

Secondly, her research traverses the boundaries between different academic disciplines, and between academics and non-academics. She critically explore transdisciplinary knowledge practices, with a particular focus on environmental change. She has worked with artists (e.g. musicians) in order to develop novel ways to help people to think about a future under extreme climate change. She also works closely with local government organisations, NGO's and charities  to mediate the ‘usability’ gap between academic research and policy-making by applying innovative co-productive methods towards generating evidence and good practice guidance on flood risk management and climate change.

Invited Discussions

Connelly, A., Teaching climate resilience to architects: the need for interdisciplinary working. The Manchester Festival of Climate Action, University of Manchester, 14th October 2021.

Connelly, A., ‘Architecture, Climate and Society’. Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Annual Symposium, 2021. Architectural History + The Climate Emergency., 10 June 2021.

Connelly, A., 'Architecture, Climate and Society', Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN), Educators Workshop, 7 April 2021.

Expert reviewer for journals and publishers

She has peer-reviewed for
• GeoForum, Environment and Planning C, Natural Hazards, Urban Design and Planning (Institution of Civil Engineers), Journal of Urban Design, Sustainability, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Culture and Religion.

She has reviewed book proposals for the following publishers:
• Routledge books, Manchester University Press and Bloomsbury


• Songs of Resilience: bringing new voices into climate research (PI), with University of Manchester and University of Glasgow. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Total award: £9988.

• Flood resilience in British Standards (Co-I - consultancy). Led by JBA Consulting, with Building Research Establishment and Manchester Metropolitan University. Funded by the British Standards Institute. Total award: £40, 000 (£5000)


• When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday: Exploring Climate Change Through Song (Co-I). Led by University of West of Scotland, with University of Edinburgh, Creative Carbon Scotland. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council – Connected Communities Festival, 2016. Total Award: £19, 754.

• Sacred Suburbs: Exploring Post-war Places of Worship in Manchester (PI). Funded by the University of Manchester, Rapid Response Impact Fund. Total Award: £300.

• Mapping Flood Disadvantage in Scotland (Co-I). Led by Cardiff University with Manchester Metropolitan University. Funded by the Scottish Government. Total Award: £38, 000 (£9,240)

• Fields of Green: Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities (Co-I). Led by University of Edinburgh, with University of West of Scotland and Creative Carbon Scotland. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Total Award £45, 682.

• Working with Social Haunting: Past and Present-making in Two Communities of Value (Co-I). Led by: Manchester Metropolitan University with Liverpool John Moores University, University of Sheffield, UNITE the Community, The Co-operative College. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Total Award £33, 828

• Surveying for Flood Resilience in Individual Properties (Co-I). Led by JBA Consulting, with Manchester Metropolitan University, Touchstone Learning, National Flood Forum. Funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Total Award: £41, 463 

• Tracing Impact and Maintaining Relevance: Six Steps to Flood Resilience (Co-I). Funded by the Strategic Investment Research Fund (The University of Manchester). Total award: £9, 740.

• Monitoring and Evaluation of the Defra Community Flood Resilience Scheme (Co-I). Funded by Rochdale Borough Council. Total Award: £20, 000.

• Building Flood Resilient Communities (Co-I). Funded by The University of Manchester, Strategic Investment Research Fund. Total Award: £14, 780.

• Sustainable Student Engagement in Neighbourhood Planning: towards a Manchester model (Co-I). Funded by the Strategic Investment Research Fund (The University of Manchester). Total award: £19, 636.

• Evaluation of the Growing Manchester Programme (Co-I). Funded by Manchester City Council. Total Award: £8, 000.

Book Chapters

Rome, E., Bogen, M., Lückerath, D., Ullrich, O., Worst, R., Streberová, E., Dumonteil, M., Mendizabal, M., Abajo, B., Feliu, E., Bosch, P., Connelly, A., Carter, J., 2019. 'Risk-Based Analysis of the Vulnerability of Urban Infrastructure to the Consequences of Climate Change'. In Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications, pp. 55-75, Springer International Publishing.

Connelly, A., 2017. 'Get Me Out of Here! Assessing Ambridge's Flood Resilience'. In Custard, Culverts and Cake, pp. 115-130, Emerald Publishing Limited.

Connelly, A., Steele, M., 2016. 'Surveying Greater Manchester's Sacred Suburbs'. In Modern Futures, Uniformbooks.

Chandler, D., 2016. 'The Routledge Handbook of International Resilience'. In The Routledge Handbook of International Resilience, pp. 238-250, Routledge.

Connelly, A., 2015. ''He saw the city and wept': The Manchester and Salford Methodist Mission, 1910-60'. In Culture in Manchester: Institutions and Urban Change since 1850, pp. 123-147.

Connelly, A., Guy, S., 2015. 'Mapping Sustainability Concerns'. In Catalyst: Art, Sustainability and Place in the Work of Wolfgang Weileder, erlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig.

Connelly, A., 2013. '"And when he saw the city he wept": Methodism's mission to Manchester's working classes.'. In Culture in Manchester Institutions and Urban Change Since 1850, Manchester University Press.


Carter, J., Connelly, A., Vlastaras, V., Barker, A., Rothwell, J., Evans, S., Morrison, R., Skeggs, J., 2016. 'Innovative Financing and Delivery of Natural Climate Solutions in Greater Manchester (Ignition): Baseline Report D 2.4.2'.

Jones, B., O'Hare, P., Connelly, A., Barker, M., 2016. 'Research into Standards for Flood Resilience', British Standards Institution.

Journal Articles

Connelly, A., O'Hare, P., White, I., 2020. '"The best flood I ever had": Contingent resilience and the (relative) success of adaptive technologies', Cities, 106, pp. 102842-102842.

Brennan, M., Scott, JC., Connelly, A., Lawrence, G., 2019. 'Do music festival communities address environmental sustainability and how? A Scottish case study', Popular Music, 38 (2), pp. 252-275.

White, I., Connelly, A., Garvin, S., Lawson, N., O'Hare, P., 2018. 'Flood resilience technology in Europe: identifying barriers and co-producing best practice', Journal of Flood Risk Management, 11 (S1), pp. S468-S478.

Connelly, A., 2017. 'Charlotte Wildman , Urban Redevelopment and Modernity in Liverpool and Manchester, 1918-1939; Bloomsbury Academic (London and New York, 2016), xiii + 287 pp. incl. 12 b&w ills, ISBN: 9781474257374, £90.', Architectural History, 60, pp. 361-362.

Connelly, A., Guy, SC., Wainwright, E., Weileder, W., Wilde, M., 2016. 'Catalyst: Reimagining sustainability with and through fine art', Ecology and Society, 21 (4), 7.

Connelly, A., 2015. 'Continuity and Adaptation: Archway Central Hall, 1934-2010', The London Journal, 40 (1), pp. 33-55.

Connelly, A., Gabalda, V., Garvin, S., Hunter, K., Kelly, D., Lawson, N., O'Hare, P., White, I., 2015. 'Testing innovative technologies to manage flood risk', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management, 168 (2), pp. 66-73.

Connelly, A., 2014. 'Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955 to 1975 By Robert Proctor Farnham Ashgate, 2014412pp., includes 16 colour and 196 mono illus. Price £60.00 (hb)', Architectural Research Quarterly, 18 (2), pp. 177-178.

Connelly, A., 2014. 'Garden suburbs of tomorrow? A new future for the cottage estates', Planning Perspectives, 29 (3), pp. 407-408.

Connelly, A., 2013. 'The feminine public sphere: middle-class women and civic life in Scotland, c. 1870-1914', Gender, Place & Culture, 20 (1), pp. 134-136.

Connelly, A., 2013. 'The working-class suburb: social change on an English Council Estate, 1930-2010', Planning Perspectives, 28 (4), pp. 651-653.

Connelly, A., 2012. ''A pool of Bethesda': Manchester's First Wesleyan Methodist Central Hall', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 89 (1), pp. 105-125.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

O'Hare, P., White, I., Connelly, A., 2017. 'Insuring we fail? Flood risk, vulnerability and the limits to 'bouncing back'.', Town and country planning : the quarterly review of the Town and Country Planning Association, pp. 160-165.

White, I., Connelly, A., Garvin, S., Lawson, N., O'Hare, P., 2015. 'Towards best practice in property level protection', Town and Country Planning, pp. 82-87.

Conference Papers

Cavan, G., Kazmierczak, A., Connelly, A., Lindley, S., 2017. 'Multi-dimensional social vulnerability and flood disadvantage assessment to support socially just flood risk management', 21st International Congress on Biometeorology, Durham, UK, 3/9/2017 - 7/9/2017.

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