Research and Innovation

The scale of global waste

Engineering X, a new collaboration founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and funding bodies, has shown the sheer volume of solid waste being burned worldwide is a serious health risk

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Antimicrobial pollution

Professors Cath Noakes and Barara Evans are among our researchers tackling the growing global crisis of resistance to antibiotics and other anti-infective drugs

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Water treatment
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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 and the Centre for Global Development and a leadership role in two major initiatives: water@leeds, an interdisciplinary centre for water research; and Cities, a University-wide research theme.


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Over 40

academic and research staff

working with over 90 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research


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Our research

As environmental and human pressure on urban spaces increases we will need urban infrastructure that is both sustainable and resilient. This is the focus of research within Cities and Infrastructure.

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We're addressing the key challenges of developing and maintaining buildings which can be operated sustainably and provide healthy environments that contribute to our wellbeing.

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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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Knowledge transfer

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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