About LSSI

What is LSSI?

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What does LSSI do?

LSSI helps to foster relationships and interdisciplinary research collaborations to maximise the impact of social science research and enhance the skills of the next generation of researchers.

We believe that research excellence is enriched by bringing together disciplines, professions and people to solve real world problems, ensuring that high quality research informs societal change. Social science research is fundamental in responding to the complex global challenges facing contemporary society. At LSSI, our aim is to raise the profile of social science and its significant role in framing novel interdisciplinary and cross-institutional research collaborations.

Who does LSSI support?

 LSSI supports interdisciplinary research across the University, including the following core faculties:

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Leeds University Business School
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
  • Faculty of Medicine & Health

LSSI acts as a catalyst by connecting researchers to form vital links required to facilitate collaborative and cross-disciplinary research. We work collaboratively with local and national businesses, policymakers, government, parliament, charitable and third sector organisations. We have an internationalisation strategy and collaborate with international partners around the globe. Recent examples include the University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Some members of  the LSSI Team –  June 2022

Our priorities

Research development

We build and mobilise research capacity by developing interdisciplinary networks and teams to address complex and pressing social challenges and to capture research grants.


We help academics maximise the impact of their research and foster external engagement with policy, practitioner, business and public communities through our Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). This creates new pathways to impact through engagement with external partners by building collaborations regionally, nationally and internationally with academic and non-academic partners.


We train future research leaders through the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) and enhance research capabilities through workshops and methods training.

How does LSSI achieve this?

In addition to support from the University via the five core social science faculties, we receive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through our IAA and the WRDTP to support researchers based at the University of Leeds.  LSSI forms a bridge across disciplines and professions to connect individuals with an interest in interdisciplinary social science research.

We work collaboratively with colleagues across the University to support events, networking opportunities and training designed to bring relevant people together. This allows us to work with researchers from diverse disciplines and a variety of external partners.

If you would like to find out more contact us: LSSI@leeds.ac.uk