Research and innovation
Research and innovation
We work at the forefront of global research agendas, leading the way in finding solutions to major social, political and environmental challenges. This exciting and impactful research takes us to some of the remotest places on Earth, including the high mountains, both poles and the depths of the tropical rainforests, as well as to the world’s major urban conurbations in the global north and south.
We have a strong track-record of collaborations with academic institutions, businesses, NGOs and governmental bodies around the world. We also work extensively with other schools and centres across the University of Leeds, with leadership roles in cross-faculty initiatives such as the Priestley International Centre for Climate, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, water@leeds, Cultural Institute and strong links with the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, Cities theme, 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 2018
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:
- 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.
Access our facilities
We are committed to sharing our facilities and associated expertise with external academic and industrial collaborators. We have a team of dedicated professionals who provide a high quality, friendly and comprehensive service.
Dr David Galbraith, Associate Professor of Earth Dynamics in the School of…More
Academics from the School of Geography and Leeds Institute for Data Analytics…More
Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential.