Leeds Living Lab

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.

Get involved

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 sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.

Case studies

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Leeds Living Lab case study: Leeds University Business School Commercial and Professional Skills module. Each year MSc Organizational Psychology students...


Leeds Living Lab case study: Roger Stevens Cooling Pond After many months of research and planning, in the Autumn of...


Leeds Living Lab case study: i-Tree i-Tree Leeds is a city-wide project assessing the economic value of trees and green...


Leeds Living Lab case study: Food waste, an interview with Centre for Doctoral Training Students. Food waste is a global...


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.