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.

(Top image - Canadian High Arctic polygon mire, image credit: Jennifer Galloway)

Spotlight on engineering research

The scientists with the Midas touch

Scientists at Leeds have created the world’s thinnest gold, a landmark in the development of advanced materials.

Going with the flow: the ‘hidden science’ of fluid dynamics

What is fluid dynamics and why is it so important?

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics

We are providing opportunities for students across disciplines to undertake innovative, multidisciplinary research into Fluid Dynamics.

Researching the ageing processes of infrastructure materials

The new Centre for Infrastructure Materials will open in 2021. Read about how it will bring together academia, industry and government.

Robotics at Leeds

An interdisciplinary network driving innovation in robotics research.


We are working with industry and medical partners to develop new ways to optimise the environmental conditions in clinical environments.

Research that changes the world

Dr Anna Hogg, University Academic Fellow (UAF)

Find out how Dr Hogg’s position as a UAF has enabled her to set her own research agenda when monitoring changes to the polar ice sheets.

Terahertz technology at Leeds

Our research in terahertz science and technology has diverse applications from telecommunications to medical imaging.

Changing the Story

We are leading a project in 12 countries to support young people affected by conflict, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Visit the Faculty of Social Sciences website

Interim Executive Dean - Professor Alastair Mullis

Pro-Dean for Student EducationProfessor Simon Lightfoot

Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation - Professor Anthea Hucklesby

Pro-Dean for International - Professor Norma Martin-Clement


Faculty office - +44 (0)113 343 7428

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