Civic research collaboration in Leeds

The University of Leeds and Leeds City Council benefit from a long-established collaborative relationship, yet the full extent of this was not previously apparent. LSSI carried out a Review to understand the extent of research-policy collaboration and identify ways of optimising partnerships between academics and local government officers.

Watch our short animation by Nifty Fox Creative for an overview of the Review project.

LSSI’s report on the Review highlighted an impressive record of joint projects, which are delivering valuable social, environmental and economic impacts for the city and beyond, and a strong appetite for further collaborations.

Findings from the Review were used to inform a series of recommendations for fostering inter-organisational relationships and facilitating co-produced research. A Collaboration Reference Group, which includes senior representatives of both organisations, is now taking forward these recommendations on a phased basis.

Find out more about our Review of Collaboration

Latest joint events

Researchers from the University and officers from Leeds City Council got together at workshops designed to identify shared priorities for co-produced research.The events were organised by LSSI to support the Collaboration Reference Group’s activities to support research-policy engagement across the two organisations.

A summary of the principals and themes that emerged from discussions at the two workshops is available here:

Report from December research-policy collaboration workshops

We are now planning a series of follow on workshops, Research/Policy Collaboration – From Vision to Action. These four interactive events, which will take place next month, will enable academics and local government professionals to convene once again to discuss their priority themes in more detail and progress ideas and opportunities for collaborative projects.

If you’re a researcher at the University of Leeds or an officer at Leeds City Council and wish to express your interest in participating in the workshops, please email Camilla McCartney, LSSI Engagement Officer


Putting collaborative research at the heart of civic engagement in Leeds
Read the Civic Universities Network article here
The power of local knowledge
Read the MJ article here
Collaboration is key: insight into civic partnerships in Leeds
Read the Yorkshire Universities article here