Mission 1:  Provide excellent internationally- recognised water science, technology and policy research

Changing climate and rainfall patterns, growing global populations, shifting land use patterns and increasing water consumption: the wide variety of experts operating across disciplines means water@leeds can rise to these challenges.

The water@leeds research community are inspired by the global and regional grand challenges for water. Addressing major research questions through the provision of coordination support, creation of an intellectually stimulating environment, promotion of activities and appointment of outstanding staff to deliver world-leading research, will help to realise our core aims of delivering impact to varied end-users.

Research Highlights 2016-2017

  • water@leeds members published 226 papers, 60 book chapters, 25 reports, 20 posters and 15 books.
  • water@leeds members organised and hosted 3 international conferences, and presented 39 conference presentations at 25 conferences.
  • The work of the EMBER project on the impacts of moorland burning, run by Lee Brown, Sheila Palmer and Joseph Holden featured heavily in the Committee on Climate Change’s  official 2015 progress report to the UK   Parliament.
  • water@leeds will be hosting the 7th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7) on 05 – 07 September 2017. The conference offers an international platform, hosted every three years, to discuss a range of flood-related issues and realise significant change in a multidisciplinary, multisectoral area. It provides a unique opportunity for various specialists, including engineers, planners, natural and social scientists, health specialists, disaster managers, decidion makers and policy makers, to come together to exchange ideas and experiences. water@leeds plays an integral role in the organisation of the ICFM7, with several members of the water@leeds team sitting on the Local Organising Committee and the Scientific Committee. For further details visit

A list of current projects and research sub-groups can be found in this section. More information can be found in the water@leeds annual report.