Many of the world’s challenges are systemic in their nature. Tackling these challenges demands collaboration, a whole systems approach and innovations that generate fundamental and applied research. At Leeds, we are making major investments in our people, facilities and capabilities.

Tackling global challenges

We conduct interdisciplinary and impact-orientated research to address challenges at regional, national and global levels. To achieve this our research is user-led and solutions focused, driven by the needs of our partners and stakeholders. Leeds is committed to working across disciplines to help tackle global challenges in areas including:

Expertise in resilient infrastructure, sustainable cities and building sustainable societies is being applied to challenges including social justice and economic sustainability.
Read about our cities research

Climate change and its impact on society and ecosystems is a grand challenge at a global scale, demanding solutions developed by a community of researchers who work together across a range of disciplines.
Read about our climate change research

Culture is at the heart of exciting plans to galvanise the University's contribution to the city and region - as well as nationally and internationally - creating a wide range of collaborative opportunities for staff, students and partners.
Read about our culture research

The Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) is developing data analytics as a transformative technology and playing a crucial role where research, education and industry meet.
Read about our data analytics research

Energy Leeds brings together researchers to tackle one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century - maintaining clean, secure and affordable supplies as part of a sustainable energy future.
Read about our energy research

Leeds has a track record of food and nutrition research which has influenced policy, supported industry on R&D and innovation on issues from sustenance to sustainability.
Read about our food research

At Leeds, we aim to improve human health through nurturing interdisciplinary research collaborations in areas which can have the greatest impact.
Read about our global health research

We are working to understand and influence social change across the world. From modernising policing methods in the UK to keeping girls in school in Uganda, we aim for research which has an impact.
Read about our social change research

We are aiming to use structural biology to solve major issues from curing the common cold to developing new antibiotics. The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology brings together researchers from physics, the biological sciences and chemistry to understand the molecular basis of life.
Read about our structural biology research

Leeds is home to the largest interdisciplinary water research centre of its kind in the world.
Read about our water research


Leeds research could revolutionise vaccine development

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Most Black Friday purchases soon end up as waste

Business & Economy, Society & Politics
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University opens National Pig Centre in Yorkshire

Working with Business, Science
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“Exceedingly rare” plant species face increased chances of extinction

Environment, Science
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Drill or no drill - 'the end of the dentist's dilemma'

Science, Health
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Unpredictable evolution in brain tumours

Health, Science
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We continue to invest in our facilities. These range from the core tools needed to support cutting edge research through to highly specialised equipment, such as our driving simulator, electron beam lithography system and national robotics capability.


Our extraordinary research: Why Leeds

We explore why UKRI, the UK’s biggest public funder of research and innovation, is marking its anniversary event at the University of Leeds. Read More

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Executive Dean - Professor Jeremy Higham

Pro-Dean for Student EducationProfessor Simon Lightfoot

Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation - Professor Anthea Hucklesby

Pro-Dean for International - Professor Norma Martin-Clement


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