Research and innovation
Leeds at COP27
The Priestley International Centre for Climate brings together world-leading expertise in climate change researchDiscover our climate research
Halving emissions by 2030 can keep 1.5°C within reach
Without significant increases in the speed and ambition of climate action, limiting global warming to 1.5°C will be beyond reach, according to a major international reportFind out more
Global Food and Environment Institute
Researching sustainable solutions for the future of global food productionFind out more
Research and innovation
We are a major international powerhouse for environmental research that has wide-ranging and positive impacts on the world. Our exciting and impactful research is carried out within five institutes that represent our core research areas, but much of our work is cross-cutting, tackling complex global challenges at the forefront of global research agendas.
We have a strong track-record of national and global collaborations with academic institutions, businesses, NGOs, policymakers and governmental bodies. The School hosts many national centres, bringing scientists together to provide leadership in earth systems research, and is home to several major UKRI Energy Programme Centres.
We 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, water@leeds, the Global Food and Environment Institute, and Geosolutions Leeds. We have strong links with Energy Leeds, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Leeds Social Sciences Institute, and the Bragg Centre for Materials Research.
in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
academic and research staff
working with over 135 PhD researchers to deliver high impact research
'world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent'
Submitted research - REF 2021
Earth Surface Science Institute
We advance understanding of Earth surface processes, both in modern and ancient environments.More on Earth Surface Science Institute
Institute of Applied Geoscience
We are researching fundamental geoscience with application and impact towards energy, environmental, industrial and infrastructural problems.More on Institute of Applied Geoscience
Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
Our research is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of the Earth from the core to the surface.More on Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
Our research covers air pollution due to chemistry and aerosols, climate change, high resolution weather processes, global agriculture, and palaeo-climate.More on Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
Sustainability Research Institute
Our research is based largely on the environmental social sciences and draws upon aspects of geography, sociology, politics, planning, economics, management, development and technology studies.More on Sustainability Research Institute
Our research brings together expertise from across our institutes, centres and groups to focus on multidisciplinary efforts to tackle global challenges.More on Research themes
Much of our research has far-reaching and positive impacts beyond academia. Our researchers are working with partners in business, industry and the third sector to tackle major environmental, economic and social challenges. These case studies show some of the ways our research is bringing benefits to society.
• Pioneering the use of satellite technology in hazard response and ground stability monitoring
• Empowering retailers and consumers to make sustainable choices
• The storm chasers making life-saving forecasts
• Tackling climate change through place-based action
Our research expertise is driving solutions to global issues, shaping environmental planning, protection and influencing our future. You can search and read our impactful, innovative and highly diverse projects in our Research directory.
Partnerships and collaborations
Many of our research activities take place in national centres of excellence based at the School and through strategic partnerships.
Studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential.
Search our projects, ideas, funding opportunities, research areas and PhD supervisors.
Collaborate with us
We are committed to sharing our world-leading knowledge, facilities, expertise and technologies with external academic and industrial collaborators.
We work alongside forward-thinking external partners looking to research and develop exciting new projects. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to access our specialist expertise.More on Research collaboration
Access our facilities
Benefit from our wide range of specialist facilities, from an advanced ice nucleation laboratory to state-of-the-art facilities for investigating the multi-phase flow properties of fault rocks.More on Access our facilities