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School of Civil Engineering

Our research

Civil Engineering at Leeds 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 associated with infrastructure.

These characteristics allow us to develop innovative research that combines discipline specific expertise with a sophisticated and radical interpretation of the economic, environmental and political context to address societal needs in the face of rapid changes in the built environment.

This leads to high quality research and global impact in established areas and leads the way in emerging areas that are high on the agenda of business, government and research funders, both in the UK and abroad.

The School's research activity is led by two institutes:

Institute for Resilient Infrastructure ensures that the physical infrastructure systems underpinning our way of life can adapt to changes, both in the way we use them and in the social and physical environment in which they are created, designed, built and operated.

Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering takes a global outlook in public health and environmental engineering, investigating the interactions between infrastructure, the environment and human health. Research focuses on resource recovery from wastes, bioremediation, airborne disease transmission, water and sanitation.

Recent research highlights include:

The School has first-class facilities and strong links with industry, academia and other organisations in the UK and overseas.

We also have strong partnerships within the University of Leeds, including long standing collaboration with the Institute for Transport Studies a leadership role in water@leeds, one of the biggest inter-disciplinary water research initiatives in the world and a £2M collaboration with the Sustainability Research Institute and Leeds University Business School in resilient infrastructure and resource recovery.

Second in the UK for research power, in our unit of assessment, according to the REF2014.

Student with algae tubes

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Unit of assessment: Civil and Construction Engineering
  • 3.04 overall quality profile
  • 7th in the UK for research quality
  • 2nd nationally for research power
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 92% of our research having either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 85% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 80% of our research outputs are ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Research degrees

Student in public health lab

We are actively seeking research students to work on key projects.


Water at Leeds

We have strong links with the University wide cross disciplinary institute Water@Leeds.


Geotechnics lab

We have a wide range of facilities to support our teaching and research.

Research brochure

Research brochure

Download a copy of our research brochure.