Our community of researchers brings together excellence and innovation, pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery to shape a better future.

This involves creating, nurturing and promoting an environment in which people work together across disciplines and with partners to solve complex problems.

The result is truly transformational fundamental and challenge-led research that advances knowledge and creates solutions to local, national and global challenges.

Spotlight on coronavirus

Lockdown in China saw only a modest drop in air pollution

The two pollutants most harmful to human health were only slightly reduced during the lockdown in China, according to a new study.

Key research areas for coronavirus recovery identified

Seven key areas of research to support society’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic have been identified by leading psychologists.

Robots join the frontline fight against coronavirus

Field tests have begun using intelligent robots to prevent the spread of coronavirus in busy public spaces.

Predicting crime patterns as UK emerges from lockdown

Police may be able to predict changes in crime patterns as coronavirus lockdown rules get relaxed

Thousands missed heart attack treatment during pandemic

A third of people with heart attacks may not have gone to hospital at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aerosol transmission may spread COVID-19

The WHO needs to recognise that coronavirus might be spread by tiny respiratory droplets that remain in the air for prolonged periods.

Covid-19 advice and support schemes for businesses

Nexus has compiled the latest information and resources to guide you through the advice and support schemes available related to COVID-19.

Research that changes the world

Strengthening research ties with Africa

Leeds is to be part of new Africa-UK collaboration, to identify how the continent can produce enough food to feed its growing population.

Pristine environments offer a window to our cloudy past

A new study uses satellite data over the Southern Hemisphere to understand global cloud composition during the industrial revolution.

New Directors of the Centre for Responsive HealthTech Innovation announced

Profs Alejandro Frangi & David Jayne have been appointed as the first joint Directors of the new Centre of Responsive HealthTech Innovation.

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Centres and institutes

Our environment allows interdisciplinary research to flourish; creating fresh ideas and approaches to problem solving. We conduct interdisciplinary and impact-orientated research to address challenges at regional, national and global levels. Below are some of the areas where we are working across disciplines to tackle global challenges.

Climate change
Data analytics
Global health
Social change
Structural biology