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Research Case Studies

These case studies showcase the innovative work taking place across the university. Our research is having impact far beyond academia, to make a real difference in the world of health, education, business and the environment.

All Case Studies

Academic boredom engagement and the achievement of undergraduate students at university

while boredom and boredom proneness have a history of formal and systematic study dating back to at least the 1920s, the academic boredom experienced by undergraduate students at university is a relatively new and emerging field.The study of academic boredom has the very real potential to impact directly upon how courses are designed, delivered, assessed and supported.

Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe

The Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe (ASBAE) project, was a two-year EC Daphne-funded project, co-led by Dr Kate Milnes and Dr Tamara Turner-Moore focused on tackling sexual bullying (encompassing sexual harassment, homo- and bi-phobic bullying and transphobic bullying) amongst young people across five European countries (Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and UK).

Architecture Live Project programme

This research highlights the work of Craig Stott and Simon Warren in the pedagogical field of architecture live projects, which seeks to address the discontinuity between architectural practice, theory and education by developing a new model of architectural pedagogy.

Aural Intimacy: The case of micro-space in acousmatic music

This work aims to develop, and explore in compositional practice, the notion aural micro-space, an area whose aural architecture is not accessible to the listener unless it is mediated by recording technology.

Caribbean Carnival Cultures

The Caribbean Carnival Cultures research platform, supported by the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett, is kick-starting carnival research in the UK and across the Caribbean diaspora. Leeds is a city perfectly placed to be leading on carnival research as it is home to the longest-running Caribbean carnival in Europe. We believe that carnival needs to be taken seriously and we aim to bridge the perceived gap between academic research and artistic practice in carnival by encouraging a necessary dialogue between the two.

Encouraging SME Innovation and productivity through action oriented methods

Today, the world’s societies face severe economic and social challenges. To thrive, organisations, localities, regions and countries need to find new and sustainable sources of social value and economic growth. The development of the next generation of small and medium sized enterprise (SME) leaders and managers with the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in business will be a key to success.

Increasing energy efficiency and reducing the performance gap in buildings

Research by the Leeds Sustainability Institute was fundamental to establishing the concept of the “performance gap” which is now ubiquitous in energy efficiency policy, such that it is now unthinkable it was previous ignored in policy. Thus, it has led to changes to the Building Regulations and now building performance forms a major focus for research council and government funding. This case study focusses on our work in this area.

Mobilities: media and place

How do we belong to and make sense of the spaces in which we live and work? Our work develops walking as a method to explore the various attachments we have with spaces, landscapes, localities and work spaces. It also develops new methods for understanding how spaces and landscapes become familiar and ‘known’ through repeated media imaginary. From gardens to parks to railway stations and from walking vlogs to reality television, we ask how spaces form part of our imaginary and real communities, our sense of places and feelings of home.

Neighbourhood and Community Planning

Across England as a whole, disadvantaged communities have not shared equally in the benefits of public participation and democratic engagement in statutory services. Over the last three years, the Neighbourhood and Community Planning cluster at Leeds Beckett University has been successful in supporting disadvantaged communities to shape and plan improvements to the areas they live.

Our criminal past

The case-study combines knowledge exchange, heritage and public engagement, and builds on Heather Shore’s extensive body of work and reputation in crime history.

Technologies for Health and Wellbeing

This research focuses on computational and engineering approaches to improve people’s health, happiness and quality of life in a wide range of settings, including at home, in education, in the workplace and in care. The research team collaborate with stakeholders in the NHS, other healthcare organisations, engineering companies and directly with end users.

The Etiquette of the Arms Trade

The UK and US regularly sell weapons to repressive regimes, countries at war, and unstable states. This project asks: How are international arms sales justified, legitimized, and normalised? How might art be used to identify and challenge processes of legitimization in the arms trade? What part does art play in legitimizing the arms trade?

What Works in dementia education and training

Having an informed and effective health and social care workforce that can meet the care and support needs of people living with dementia has been identified as a national and international priority. This research is being used to informing policy and practice on dementia training delivery and implementation in practice, in the UK and internationally.

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