About us

Leeds Humanities Research Institute

The Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI) exists to strengthen and enrich the intellectual life of the University's newly formed Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. This comprises the School of English, the School of History, the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science the School of Design, the School of Music, the School of Media and Communication, the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

Led by its Director, Professor Alison Fell, and acting Deputy Director, Associate Professor David Higgins, the LHRI's staff strive to create opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work for researchers at every stage of their careers, by supporting the development of emerging research projects, building a context for creative scholarly discussions, and helping with every stage in the process of winning and running successful research bids.

Its facilities include office space for visiting postdoctoral fellows and professors, and fully equipped seminar and meeting rooms. 

Current programmes and funding schemes provided by the LHRI include: 

· Sadler Seminar Series: a series of collaborative projects across the Faculty

. Speculative Lunch Series: An series of  informal lunches designed to promote Interdisciplinary thinking

· Annual LHRI/British Academy Public Lecture:

· LHRI Short-Term Fellowship Scheme: offering PhD graduates from Leeds support for six months

· LHRI Brotherton Short-term Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme: Offering ECRs the opportunity to spend a month working with the University of Leeds Special Collections held within the Brotherton Library

In conjunction with the LHRI, the Cultural Institute works to foster interdisciplinary research and public engagement events on culture, in line with the University's new Culture theme (one of seven research themes binding research across the University), and with a particular focus on six sub-themes: (1) Digital Cultures; (2) Environmental Humanities; (3) Medical Humanities; (4) Language & Culture; (5) Culture & Policy; (6) Conflict, Memory and Trauma

The Cultural Institute officially launched in October 2016 with a full and enhanced programme of activities, and will boost our ability to work with partners on new research. It will increase opportunities for students to engage with the cultural and creative sector, and open up our cultural attractions and resources to a wider audience.

For more information on any of the above, or (for staff) to book seminar rooms or apply for office space for a visitor, please contact LHRI@leeds.ac.uk. Information relating to the LHRI's support for research bids can be found at the Staff Zone.

The LHRI and Cultural Institute are based at 29-31 Clarendon Place.