Dissertations and Research Projects

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At Leeds, we strive to promote research and learning that makes an impact on global challenges and is truly interdisciplinary. Our focus is on six key areas: health, water, food, energy, culture and cities.

Through these, we can examine sustainability from a number of perspectives including low carbon solutions, transport, ecology, cultural values, climate change and hydrology.  We support these key research themes, as well as a wide range of other research activities that link with sustainability.

Sustainability shapes everything we do – what we teach, learn, buy, use and share. It is a fundamental part of ensuring we have a positive impact on everyone and everything.

Find out more about how to embed sustainability into your research in the context of your discipline and other useful resources below. 


Student Sustainability Research Conference 2019


Applications to present at the 2020 conference will open in the new academic year. Please check back for updates. 

Interested in ensuring your event is sustainable? Visit meetinleeds.co.uk/sustainability to find out how to make this possible.


On Friday 29th March 2019, over 200 staff, students and visitors attended the third Annual Student Sustainability Research Conference.

Building knowledge and capacity of sustainability is fundamental to our teaching strategy here at Leeds, and this event celebrated and highlighted the critical role that student research plays in finding innovative interdisciplinary solutions.

The day consisted of student presentations, an all-day exhibition of academic posters, networking sessions and a keynote speech by University Chancellor Professor Dame Jane Francis.

Research showcased on the day, from both University of Leeds and Leeds Arts University students, ranged from valuing the City’s trees through the i-Trees project to designing a waste-free fashion future; improving sustainable drainage systems for sustainable cities and a discussion on surfing’s place in society illustrated through the medium of Surf Art. Students also linked their research back to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The day culminated with an inspiring keynote speech by Professor Dame Jane Francis on her experiences as Director of the British Antarctic Survey including accounts of the impact of single-use plastic on wildlife and her thoughts on the launch of the University of Leeds and Leeds University Union’s #2023PlasticFree pledge.

This was followed by an awards ceremony, which celebrated the excellent poster entries shown as part of the conference exhibition.

We were delighted with the strong turnout and a show of great enthusiasm from delegates and would like to thank everyone involved with making the event a success.

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Sustainability is part of being a student at the University of Leeds, no matter what your discipline. It’s that simple.

Sustainability is cross-disciplinary, perfectly slotting into undergraduate and postgraduate courses and opening up a rich seam of research possibilities. Concepts, issues and innovations relating to sustainability are integrated into our learning programmes.

In its Seven Principles to Tackle the Climate Crisis,  the University committed to further extend the Leeds Sustainable Discovery Theme programme to integrate sustainability into our teaching provision at all levels, and give opportunities to students to take part in activities to promote sustainability.

Alongside formal learning, we are committed to supporting you to develop, understand and communicate the skills that you have – from volunteering, internships and becoming sustainability auditors to getting out and trying your hand at beekeeping.

International Sustainable Campus Network Award

Leeds has won an award for embedding a collaborative approach to sustainability across all aspects of the University curriculum. Find out more about the award at sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/celebrating-sustainability-at-leeds.