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Pure and applied knowledge

Our research is focused on the production of pure and applied knowledge that contributes to the creation and management of a sustainable built environment. The focus of our activities is on low carbon housing, sustainable water supplies and construction materials for the developing world, construction industry knowledge exchange and planning policy. The School draws together expertise in sustainability research with the aim of building a record of research that is focused on the technological and social aspects of sustainable urbanism.

Our Cybercrime and Security Innovation Centre (CSI Centre) is a collaborative hub for research and development related to cybercrime, digital security, forensics and safety. We are also home to the Centre for Research in Computer Science, which works closely with public and private sectors in the areas of healthcare, sustainability and big data.

Leeds Sustainability Institute

Creating more sustainable places, communities and economies.

With research expertise developed over two decades, the research team at the Leeds Sustainability Institute have achieved significant recognition. The Institute's consultancy and business services are making a significant impact, and through established networks, provide a knowledge base that has clear benefit to its partners.

Work undertaken in social policy, low carbon building, materials, green computing, renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure places the Institute in a lead position, shaping the developed and developing world. The Institute’s field trials and work with communities are having a direct impact on the policy and regulation that will pave the way to a low carbon built environment.

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Research degrees

The school offers two doctoral routes- the traditional PhD route and the professional doctorates. We host doctoral and research students from a range of subject areas representing staff expertise including: civil Engineering and Building Services Engineering; Planning, Housing and Human Geography; and Construction, Surveying and Project Management. See details of research themes under the subject area research.

If you are interested in applying to study for a research degree with us, please contact Dr Sam Zulu (Postgraduate Research Coordinator) for an initial enquiry.

For more information regarding the application process, please contact The Graduate School.

Research Themes

Research in the School of the Built Environment, Engineering & Computing is organised through research clusters and themes that focus on providing high quality research activity and outputs across a range of disciplinary areas. Through our research themes and clusters and the Institute, the School pursues high-quality research that underpins a core aim to provide research, education and training. Our areas of research focus include the creation and management of a more sustainable environment, the development of a safer digital world, the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) through big data and designing digital solutions that help people live healthier lives.

Research with Impact

The impacts of our research stretch across the range of built environment disciplines, producing research focused on creating better and more research-informed and sustainable management of spaces and places. Our focus on the production and maintenance of more sustainable built environments and communities is policy leading and practice guiding.

REF 2014

The REF 2014 results for the School’s REF Unit (Unit 16 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning) show that overall 37 per cent of the its work is rated as world leading and internationally excellent (4*/3*), while 79 per cent is rated as internationally recognised or above (above 2*).

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PHD Study

The Graduate School at Leeds Beckett offers a range of options for you to undertake a postgraduate research programme, from Master of Research, through to Master of Philosophy, Professional Doctorates and PhDs.

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