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.

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Spotlight on climate

Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN)

Translating climate policy into action ‘on the ground’ to bring about transformative change.


Science for weather information and forecasting techniques.

Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission gets to work

An independent advisory group has been launched to support ambitious climate action in Yorkshire and the Humber.

International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2021 to focus on climates

The IMC, one of the biggest academic conferences taking place online in the world this year, is to take climates as its theme.

Our pledge: 2023PlasticFree

The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union have together pledged to become single-use plastic-free by 2023.

Tackling climate change through local investment

A nationwide scheme has been launched to help tackle climate change by encouraging residents to invest in their local councils.

Turning food waste into high value products

Food processing waste is being developed into eco-friendly packaging, sustainable cosmetics and other high value commercial products.

Coronavirus research

Benefits system needs to be made simpler and fairer

The benefits system needs to change in order to properly support claimants during and after COVID-19.

Dramatic changes to radiotherapy treatments due to COVID-19.

Dramatic changes were seen in the delivery of radiotherapy treatments during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in England.

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

Weather forecasts that predict meningitis outbreaks

Scientists are using weather forecasts to predict the location and scale of impending meningitis outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa.

Upgrade will lead to greater research impact

A major refurbishment to enhance world-class research facilities for the Faculty of Biological Sciences is complete.

New senior leadership appointments

Appointments have been announced for two senior leadership roles supporting the University’s strategic ambitions.

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 Stuart Lister

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.