Forging strategic research partnerships around the globe

A key objective of the LSSI is to foster international research links and build collaborative partnerships with a view to enhancing research impact. As a dynamic, outward-facing institute, LSSI has been developing an internationalisation agenda to support social science research at Leeds by forging strategic relations with partners around the globe.

Deputy Director of LSSI, Professor Sahla Aroussi is LSSI lead on internationalisation.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Sahla on

The story so far…

To support the research intensity of the social sciences at Leeds, LSSI has been developing its internationalisation strategy, designed to raise the international profile of social science research and nurture strong international research collaborations. From and initial survey of over 130 international peer institutions, some 85 institutions were reviewed in an extensive mapping exercise in 2016/17 with a view to identify innovative social science institutes with similar interdisciplinary aims and ambitions as LSSI where bilateral collaborations and exchanges might prove mutually valuable. We also sought to identify existing inter-institutional research relations that might be enhanced and deepened. This included Global Challenges Research Fund related partnerships in low and middle income countries and, in the light of Brexit, it also reflected a desire to strengthen our European networks. From this exercise, initial partners have been identified for initial inter-institution collaboration. These include the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland, and the Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires.