Research impact

Much of our research has far-reaching and positive impacts beyond academia. Our researchers are working with partners to tackle major environmental, economic and social challenges such as energy security and climate change.

Our impact

  • Developing links with industry is key to delivering impact. Petroleum Leeds integrates petroleum engineering and geoscience to provide innovative research and consultancy services to the hydrocarbon industry.
     
  • We provide industry-facing training through our Exploration Geophysics MSc, which includes project placements with industrial partners and has an exceptional record of students securing jobs in the hydrocarbon industry.
     
  • Informing national and international policy on climate change forms an important part of our impact. The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy is hosted jointly by our Sustainability Research Institute and the London School of Economics and Political Science. It brings together some of the world's leading researchers on climate change economics and policy to promote public and private action on climate change.
     
  • We have developed links with non-governmental organisations and community groups. The United Bank of Carbon aims to reduce climate change by protecting rainforests and their communities. This collaboration between established, responsible businesses and our leading environmental academics is based on the principle that, by working together, universities, businesses, NGOs and community projects can make a real difference.
     
  • Our academic partnership with the Met Office has brought together leading researchers in weather and climate prediction. One result has been the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis Project, led by atmospheric scientists at Leeds - an ambitious international collaboration which aims to improve our understanding of the West African monsoon and its impacts on the global climate. After identifying problems in both the local observing systems and the skills of the local meteorologists, the project is continuing to train local scientists in state of the art weather forecasting techniques. The work has also been included in weather forecasting operations in the region and has influenced the international strategy for climate monitoring in Africa and across the developing world.