Social Sciences at Leeds
The University of Leeds is at the forefront of innovative research and skills training in the UK and offers considerable interdisciplinary research strengths, infrastructural support and skills development opportunities. Research and teaching excellence is at the heart of everything that we do, and we are proud of our world leading research that has a real impact around the globe.
There are currently over 300 social scientists at Leeds, distributed across six faculties, and have a combined research income in excess of £33m. In RAE 2008, the majority of the submission for the social sciences was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*) with particularly strong performances in the fields of geography and environmental studies, business and management studies, social policy, education, law and psychology.
We have particular expertise and strengths in two key fields:
- Research excellence with impact: We have experience of leading large-scale inter-disciplinary problem-based research on key areas of societal need that transcend disciplines and include multiple stakeholders.
- Contributions to methodology: We utilise advanced quantitative methods for geo-spatial modelling and monitoring of social trends, connecting analysis of big data with longitudinal, qualitative sources and social theory.
Taking into account the breadth and depth of expertise in social science research and innovation at Leeds, we have a number of interdisciplinary research themes that have clear potential for world-leading excellence, namely: Global Society and Business; Social Sustainability; Health and Society; Cities; Environmental Resources and Climate Change. Further information about our Social Sciences Research Strategy can be found in this short summary.
To achieve our strategic goals, the work of our social scientists is supported and enhanced by the co-ordinating structure of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute that aims to facilitate and promote interdisciplinary collaborations with impact, as well as capitalise upon research strengths.