Research and Innovation

Efficient wastewater treatment

Postgraduate researcher Saleh Al Haddad hopes to improve wastewater treatment through the applications of his bioresource systems research

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Dr Miller Camargo-Valero and Saleh in the Civil engineering environmental labs
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Antimicrobial resistance

Professors Cath Noakes and Babrara Evans are among our researchers tackling the global crisis of antimicrobial resistance, including the relationship to indoor and natural environments

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Outdoor space
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Green concrete alternatives

Our researchers are developing low-carbon cements with the aim of achieving reduced CO2 emissions from infrastructure

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Professor Susan Bernal
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Research and innovation

Research in the School of Civil Engineering contributes to delivering the infrastructure that we all rely on in everyday life. We have an ethos of working at the interfaces with other disciplines to tackle key societal and technical challenges, and our research has an impact at a global scale. 

We have strong partnerships within the University of Leeds, including long-standing collaborations with the Institute for Transport Studies, Robotics at Leeds and the Centre for Global Development

We have leadership roles in major initiatives across the University: water@leeds, an interdisciplinary centre for water research, the Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration, the Centre for Infrastructure Materials, and the Neville Centre of Excellence in Cement and Concrete Engineering.

2nd

in the UK for research power

Latest Research Excellence Framework

Over 75

academic and research staff

working with over 60 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research

85%

of research activity is

‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent' latest REF

Our research

We conduct interdisciplinary research to address the increasing need for sustainable and resilient infrastructure caused by rising environmental and human pressures on urban spaces.

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The relationships between civil infrastructure, human health and the environment are at the heart of the work in the Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering theme.

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We're driven by the need for sustainable infrastructure now and in the future. We develop materials, processes and systems that show excellent performance under environmental and human stressors.

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Research centres

We're developing one of the most advanced centres in the world for high speed rail planning, design and manufacturing. It's the UK's first research centre for high speed rail and system integration.

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Using state-of-the-art facilities, we study the ageing of a suite of materials, from the ubiquitous concrete, steel and masonry through to novel bioplastics and carbon-neutral geopolymer cements.

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We bring together academics and industry to drive research-led education in cement and concrete. We develop links between experts in nano- and micro-structure, and in long-term macroscale performance.

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We specialise in helping your business to thrive, grow, and innovate by giving you access to our research expertise, training and facilities.

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Our researchers use a range of cutting-edge facilities, from public health laboratories to full-scale testing rigs.

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