Brooks World Poverty Institute
The Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI)  is a research centre at the University of Manchester dedicated to multidisciplinary research on poverty, inequality and growth. It was created in 2005 following the donation of £1.3 million to the university by the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation, one of the largest known gifts to fund poverty research in Europe. In September 2008, The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation awarded a further £1.4 million to the Brooks World Poverty Institute over three years. The latest donation from the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation was made in June 2012, worth £1 million.
BWPI has received additional research funding from the University of Manchester, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for International Development (DFID), the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC).
The Institute has built international partnerships with practitioners and researchers around the world, including BRAC Development Institute, Bangladesh, the University of Zimbabwe, the Université de Thiès, Senegal and Rimisp in Latin America. Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in Economics, chairs BWPI's research.
BWPI provides research funding to a number of PhD and post-doctoral students as well as employing established academic staff working on aspects of poverty. It organises research around the following major themes:
- Poverty and Social Protection
- Global Poverty Reduction: Institutions and Policy
- Working Out of Poverty (including Capturing the Gains research programme)
- Urban Poverty and Conflict (including research programme on Poverty and Climate Change in Urban Bangladesh ).
It is also home to the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre .