Mission 3: Generate world-leading research which has major impacts on society, environment and the economy.

Access to interdisciplinary and applied frontier research such as ours is of acute importance to the water sector globally. For water and allied industries, there are multiple and complex challenges of maintaining services under conditions of economic stress, population growth, demographic change, urbanisation and climate change, whilst continuing to meet consumer expectations.

water@leeds helps to develop innovative approaches for water-related applications. Tools and models can be designed in conjunction with partners in industry or academia for a specific purpose or arise as outputs from primary research – often leading to commercialisation opportunities.

We work with national and international industrial, government, charity and academic bodies.

As world leaders in many areas of water innovation, we are very keen to work with partners to maximise the impact of our work and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Impact Highlights 2016-2017

  • Julia Martin-Ortega, Public views and values of peatland restoration in Scotland (Learning Module for general public and Condition Assessment Tool  for Land Managers)
  • The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Task Force, led by Dr Costas Velis (School of Civil Engineering) has published a report highlighting the seriousness of marine litter and identifying potential areas of intervention.
  • Alison Dunn, Slowing the Spread of Invasive Non-Native Species (Free online biosecurity training module)
  • Barbara Evans (School of Civil Engineering) Shit Flow Diagram (an online decision-support tool that stakeholders can use to visualize how excreta flows through a city/town).