Research and innovation
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 Centre for Climate Futures, 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
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
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.
Collaborate with us
We are committed to sharing our world-leading knowledge, facilities, expertise and technologies with external academic and industrial collaborators.