The Sustainability Research Institute is home to a team of over 35 academic staff, 40 research staff and 60 research students conducting inter-disciplinary research on the different dimensions of sustainability. Research within SRI is based largely on the environmental social sciences and draws upon aspects of geography, sociology, politics, planning, economics, management, development studies and science and technology studies. Our broader activities combine social and natural sciences in leading-edge, interdisciplinary research through a series of major international projects and centres. We are one of the largest in Europe and offer undergraduate, Masers and PhD programmes in a range of sustainability areas.
In our Sustainability Strategy, we were clear that we want to be a University with a reputation for outstanding performance on sustainability; and one that challenges the status quo and is renowned for its open, welcoming environment. This remains at our core and we are taking great strides to make it a reality.
The Climate Plan represents the single biggest investment we have ever made: £174 million over the next decade, more than £150 million of which will be put towards achieving our goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. It is a collaborative effort across the University community, involving our academic staff, professional services and students.
The University of Leeds has held Fairtrade University status since 2005. Awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, this reflects the Universities commitment to promoting and supporting Fairtrade.
MEETinLEEDS recognises the importance of the role that we play in looking after our environment and as such is proud to support the University’s Sustainability Team.
The conference venue, Devonshire Hall received a Highly Commended for the Green Tourism Goldstar Awards. Devonshire was selected from the 350 Green Tourism businesses who achieved Gold and represent the top 3% of Green Tourism businesses in the UK and Ireland.
We are committed to providing food from local, Fairtrade and organic sources throughout the University’s operations.

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