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Sustainability Research Institute

The Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds is a dedicated team of around 30 inter-disciplinary researchers working on the different dimensions of sustainability. Research within the SRI is based largely on the environmental social sciences and draws upon aspects of geography, sociology, politics, planning, economics, management, development studies and science and technology studies. Our broader activities combine social and natural sciences in leading-edge, interdisciplinary research. As well as being a centre of excellence for inter-disciplinary research, the SRI is home to around 25 research students, and it teaches a range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes on sustainability.

Our specialist areas are:

Through these areas of interest we explore a wide range of issues including climate change, energy, transport, water, resource use, land use, conservation, cities and communities, business and lifestyles.

In all of these areas, we specialise in participatory, action-oriented research that brings together government, business, NGOs and local communities to enhance the relevance, quality and practical influence of our research.

For more information on the Sustainability Research Institute please click here or contact Dr Ralf Barkemeyer on