Whether it is a research-led campus design addressing the challenges of climate change, trialling new sustainability initiatives, or integrating biodiversity and wellbeing, the Living Lab programme is open to all staff and students across the University. We encourages researchers from disciplines across the University to get involved with the Living Lab.

 The University of Leeds Living Lab for sustainability is about tackling global challenges at a local scale, researching and testing sustainable and innovative ideas which are scalable, replicable and transferable, and driving us as an organisation to think and operate differently. The Living Lab is about people, processes and infrastructure and focuses on the cultural and social sciences as well as STEM.

 The University of Leeds Living Lab Programme is open to all staff and students across the University, whether academic or professional, undergraduate or postgraduate.


Are you developing sustainability research? Are you looking for an opportunity to trial or test a research idea or an innovative solution? Bids are invited for interdisciplinary projects that address sustainability through scalable and transferable research here at the University.

Are you a student considering a sustainability dissertation or other assessed project as part of your studies? You could use the campus as your test bed, gather or analyse data that supports delivery of the University’s Sustainability Strategy, or work directly with operational staff to help identify sustainable improvements.

Are you a member of staff seeking an innovative, sustainable option or solution? Have you considered seeking expert advice from an academic colleague? Could student research help to solve the problem or address the challenge? The Living Lab can help you to collaborate with the right people across the University.

Could funding help make your research happen?

Bids of up to £500 are invited for applicants seeking to deliver a Living Lab project as part of their curricular activity. We are particularly looking for projects that require seed funding to get off the ground, or match funding as part of a collaborative partnership. This might be between Schools, Faculties, Services or even external stakeholders. More information can be found on the FAQs page.


If you have an idea or proposal, you can apply to the Living Lab at any time by completing our application form below and sending it to Thomas Cooper in the Sustainability Service.