Research and innovation
Research and innovation
Our researchers work at the forefront of global agendas, leading the way in finding solutions to major social and environmental challenges. Through interdisciplinary research, our expertise influences key decision-makers shaping environmental protection, public health and the economy.
We have a strong track-record of collaborations with academic institutions, businesses, NGOs and governmental bodies around the world. Our researchers have leadership roles in major international initiatives and projects, such as ForestPlots.net, Rainfor, PeatDataHub, BESTMAP, Euro-FLOW, Contested Cities network, Contested Territories, and CongoPeat.
We also have leadership roles in national excellence centres including the Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP), the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre, the Alan Turing Urban Analytics programme, the Methane Observations and Yearly Assessments (MOYA) project, SIPHER consortium, and the Sustainable Microgrids project.
We work extensively with other schools and centres across the University, steering cross-faculty initiatives such as the Priestley International Centre for Climate, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, water@leeds, the Global Food and Environment Institute, and Cultural Institute. We also have strong links with the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and Leeds Migration Research network.
of our research is
'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF 2014
in the world for Geography
ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021
academic and research staff
working with over 60 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research
We collaborate with civic society, businesses and governments to improve societal well-being and sustainable economic growth. These case studies illustrate some of the global impacts of our research:
Charting a path out of the wilderness for the planet's sake
Leading the way to affordable, low impact homes
Bringing economic benefits to consumers and the water industry
Using tropical forest research to influence global climate change policy
Helping global retailers maximise profits through retail network research
We regularly summarise our latest research in our Briefing Notes.
Studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential.
Collaborate with us
We are committed to sharing our world-leading knowledge, facilities, expertise and technologies with external academic and industrial collaborators.