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LSSI - Who We Are

Leeds Social Sciences Institute is a cross-faculty platform which supports interdisciplinary collaboration across the University of Leeds and with external stakeholders. We are dedicated to bringing the varied expertise and methodologies of the social sciences to bear on the complex societal challenges facing the world. 

We work across three main areas of activity: 

  • Developing and promoting interdisciplinary research between and beyond the social sciences.  
  • Skills training and capacity building. 
  • Maximising impact, knowledge exchange and public and policy engagement from our social science research. 

We host the university’s Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) and support the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.   Find out more About LSSI.


Educational materials led to evidence-based policy implications for addiction rehabilitation in Assam

Professor of Psychology Anna Madill secured LSSI Impact Acceleration Account funding to further existing research into how her educational materials could support drug rehabilitation work with young people in Assam ‘My team and I had been working on a project, The Big Picture, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and...

Theatre education in Kenya: Exposing female exploitation and supporting women's resistance in the creative arts

Using Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding, Professor Jane Plastow was able to prove the value of theatre education for Kenyan communities as a way to share complex social and cultural information – uncovering some unexpected, exploitative outcomes. Professor of African Theatre Jane Plastow began working in Kenya in 2018, using theatre to address a range...

LSSI Bulletin

Fostering interdisciplinary research excellence that delivers real impact   LSSI updates and events  LSSI NEWS LSSI supported development and design of successful UKRI funded Yorkshire Policy Innovation Partnership (YPIP) Dr Kate Pangbourne - UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor LSSI CALLS Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Funding call for applications Four ESRC collaborative studentships in the social sciences announced...

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Fairness Design: Re-Thinking Digital Government Forms as Sites of Dignity and Mutual Understanding

Link Seminar - March 2024 A seminar series designed to connect academic knowledge with pressing policy agendas Presented by DWP...

Go Fund Yourself? Funding and the Future of High Growth Startups in the Leeds City Region

Since the onset of COVID-19, recent empirical evidence has revealed substantial funding gaps across various regions within the UK. This,...

Sexual Identity, Disclosure and Pay Gaps in the National Health Service

Link Seminar - February 2024 A seminar series designed to connect academic knowledge with pressing policy agendas Presented by DWP...

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