Manoj Roy studies urban poverty through multidisciplinary lenses including: ecosystem services/disservices; climate change adaptation; and human settlement design and planning practices; and informal land and rental markets. In the pursuit of policy-relevant findings, he applies novel interdisciplinary methods combining technical analysis (e.g. architectural and planning, spatial analysis and modelling) with a social (e.g. livelihoods, wellbeing) and political (governance, institutional) analysis. His research sponsors include: Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) - a NERC-ESRC-DFID joint programme; ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation research programmes; British Academy and EU Framework Programme 7. His research countries include: Bangladesh, India and Tanzania.
Roy is the author of the book Urban poverty and climate change: life in the slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America.