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.
The School is home to a large and diverse community of committed and passionate staff and students. We’re exceptionally proud that according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, we are second in the UK for research power and seventh overall for the quality of our research.
Over one third of our staff and research students are female, and we currently have over 100 research students from more than 20 countries studying in the school. Our research is supported by dedicated and experienced technical staff and first-class laboratory and computing facilities.
We bring together academics and industry to drive innovation and research-led education in cement and concrete. We focus on developing the links between current experts in the nano- and micro-structure and those in long-term macroscale performance.
Our work has influence on a national and global scale through collaborations with numerous partners in academia, industry, government, professional bodies and NGOs in the UK, Europe, China, Africa, South East Asia, USA and South America.
We also 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 initatives: water@leeds, one of the biggest inter-disciplinary water research initiatives in the world; and Cities, a University wide research theme.
Our research is funded by research councils, industry and charities both in the UK and overseas.
- David Connolly, Leverhulme Trust, Philip Leverhulme Prize (Jan 2018), £91,238
- Anne Velenturf, Juliet Jopson, Phil Purnell, NERC, Resource Recovery from Waste (Nov 2017), £74,878
- Miller Camargo-Valero, BBSRC, The role of Phosphorous in the Resilience and Sustainability of the UK food system (Aug 2017), £264,921
- Katy Roelich, EPSRC, Adaptive decision making for urban energy transformation (Jul 2017), £182,736
- Leon Black, Muhammed Basheer, Barry Clarke, Raul Fuentes, Philip Purnell, Ian Richardson, EPSRC, National Centre for Infrastructure Materials (Jan 2017), £4,498,618
We are interested in the brightest and the best students from around the world to join our research teams. We have a number of funded PhD projects and scholarships available.
If you are interested in undertaking a four year integrated PhD we have places available in our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics and the Doctoral Training Partnership in Water.