The Leeds Living Lab drives the University’s commitment to embed sustainability through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation. By bringing together students, staff and our city partners, the Leeds Living Lab can research and test sustainable solutions, enhance our curriculum and tackle global challenges using the University and our communities as a test-bed.
It’s a great example of collaborative working that provides a test-bed for research with impact, delivers innovative operational solutions, and offers students projects that make a real-world difference. It also enhances our community, bringing together people who wouldn’t usually work directly with each other to create amazing new ideas.
Living Lab for Net Zero
To achieve the University’s Climate Plan principles of delivering net zero by 2030 and supporting a net zero city we need to be agile and embrace new approaches to accelerate carbon reductions. The Living Lab for Net Zero draws on our expertise and partnerships across the University and beyond to test real world decarbonisation solutions. It includes projects relating to agricultural emissions, geothermal heat and woodland creation, and is anticipated to grow in scope over time. Proposals for new projects are actively encouraged - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Lab for Biodiversity
The Living Lab for Biodiversity links the latest academic understanding of urban habitats with operational site management, students and partners across the city to monitor and improve biodiversity.
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Living Lab for Air Quality
Living Lab for Food Waste
Food waste is a global challenge and the University of Leeds aims to lead the way in innovative approaches to reducing waste from our catering, cafes and restaurants. The Living Lab for Food Waste has brought together staff and students to explore, research and trial innovative solutions to food waste, packaging waste and behaviour change. Read about some of these exciting projects here and here.
The Leeds Living Lab is open to all staff and students across the University. We facilitate interdisciplinary projects on any element of the Sustainability Strategy, and across all social science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The Sustainability Service can support you to set up and deliver projects, as well as helping to identify and engage partners. It may also be able to offer seedcorn or match funding and small grants for student projects.
Students looking for inspiration from past and present Living Lab projects can read more about ideas for research projects.
Want to find out more? Download the Leeds Living Lab Toolkit.
If you would like to discuss your proposal for a Living Lab project, please email us at email@example.com.
Endangered white clawed crayfish have found a safe haven in the pond at Bodington Fields natural flood management site, following the threat of crayfish plague in Meanwood Beck. Rare white clawed crayfish are the UK's only native, freshwater crayfish, and play an important role in our waterways. Historically they were common in Yorkshire, but populations...
Named after University Secretary Roger Gair who recently retired after 40 years, the new woodland totalling over 60,000 trees is one of the most significant woodland development schemes in the region. Since Roger Gair planted the first oak tree on 2 December 2022, 186 members of the community, 102 staff members and 36 students (324...
The first tree has been planted at Gair Wood, one of the most significant woodland development schemes in the region. Located next to Golden Acre Park, the site will be planted with more than 66,000 trees, a mixture of broadleaf species including oak, alder, hornbeam, wild cherry and silver birch. As they grow they will...
Gabi Kiryluk, Digital Media student, recently completed her final year research project which utilised digital media to explore how artwork can provide more visceral experiences...
My name is Gabi Kiryluk, a Digital Media final year student, and I am bringing a digital interactive installation to the heart of campus to...
I’m Sam, one of the Student Sustainability Architects for the Gair Wood forestry project. I’ve been helping to run volunteer tree-planting sessions on site and...
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our Leeds Living Lab work is linked to all of the SDGs.
Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.