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School of Civil Engineering

Our research

Our research has high impact both in academia and in everyday life. Civil engineering is focused on providing the infrastructure that society relies on; our research impacts on all members of society and on the wider environment.

We believe that, as civil engineers, we must view our state-of-the-art technical advances in the wider societal and economic context. This mandates us to work collaboratively and eclectically with other engineers, scientists, social scientists, economists, health professionals, psychologists and many others.

We are proud of our achievements in cross-disciplinary work and see this as essential to our approach: an exemplar to others seeking to address the challenges and increasing uncertainties due to economic change, climate variability and urbanisation. However, our desire to work across disciplines must go hand in hand with fundamental scientific advances.

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

Institute for Resilient Infrastructure (iRI): 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.

Pathogen Control Engineering Institute (PaCE): undertakes research on all aspects of the built environment in which the presence of pathogens influences design, including water treatment, solid waste and airborne transmission of disease.

The School has first-class facilities and established links with industry and other international organisations, both in the UK and abroad. Staff in the School have conducted research in the UK with, for example, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of the Environment and Transport (DETR) and internationally with, the Department for International Development and for a number of the Directorates of the European Union.

We are proud of our achievements in cross-disciplinary work and see this as essential to our approach.

Student with algae tubes

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.