Researchers at Leeds are working across the world, forging partnerships with other academic institutions, NGOs and communities to maximise our global impact. Our expertise and facilities enable us to contribute research to tackle global challenges.

Leeds is ranked as one of the 50 most international universities in the world.

Times Higher Education 2018

Through our Global Leadership Series, the Cultural Institute aims to share that expertise and engage industry leaders, in order to collectively explore what can be learned from an international perspective. We will reflect on what these findings might mean to us and our practice as cultural and creative sector professionals, or arts and humanities researchers. 

Our programme for 2019

Our first session on 15 May is in partnership with the Creative Industries Federation and will be looking at how well equipped the UK’s cultural and creative industries are to engage internationally, exploring the intercultural and international skills needed by these organisations. Book tickets

Our next event in September, in partnership with Changing the Story, will consider the role of participatory arts in global development and feature examples where local communities are given a voice through artistic expression, helping them to influence policy and investment.

Our final event in this year’s series in November will look at the international supply chain in fashion and textile manufacture, featuring expertise drawn together by Future Fashion Factory, the multi-million pound Creative Industries Clusters programme led by the University of Leeds. The event will explore how new technologies are transforming the production and sustainability of high-end fashion, and the implications this has for the global economy and the environment.