Research and innovation

Research for the real world.

In a world of complexity and constant change, we carry out ground-breaking research focused on real-world challenges.

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An interdisciplinary academic community

The University of Leeds is committed to working across disciplines to help tackle global challenges

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Sustainability, net-zero, and the green economy

Our research tackles global challenges so that businesses and individuals can adopt practices that are environmentally friendly, sustainable and carbon neutral

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Ideas in Practice

Bringing together business people, policy makers and academics to address key issues in technology and innovation, finance and the economy, international business, sustainability and inclusivity

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Research and innovation

We conduct research to increase knowledge, understanding and impact in the real world. In fact, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 rated 90% of the Business School’s research as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

We embrace pluralism – bringing together a diverse range of experiences and perspectives that allow us to challenge conventional thinking. And we believe in the power of business education, research and innovation to change the world for the better.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results have been announced, deeming 90% of the Business School’s submitted research as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ overall.

100%

judged as ‘world-leading’ or 'internationally excellent’

for research impact

5th

For 'research power' in business and management studies

According to the Times Higher Education assessment of the REF 2021 results

100%

judged as ‘world-leading’ or 'internationally excellent’

for research environment

90%

of our research is judged as ‘world-leading’

or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Excellence Framework 2021

Ideas in Practice seminar series

A free seminar series bringing together business people, policy makers and academics.

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Research degrees

As a Leeds University Business School postgraduate researcher, you will contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge within the Business

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Research International Advisory Board (RIAB)

The RIAB provides external guidance and support for Leeds University Business School's research initiatives

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Recent publications

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Modern slavery: how the UK government’s 2023 reforms made it harder for victims to prove they are being exploited

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As many as 130,000 people in the UK are trapped in modern slavery, according to the recently appointed independent anti-slavery commissioner, Eleanor Lyons. These people are forced to work in a variety of exploitative situations, ranging from cannabis farms to building sites to sex work.

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