Leeds Social Sciences Institute


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Key contacts

Adam Crawford

LSSI Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (ESSL)

Adam’s research interests include public policing, private security, crime prevention, community safety, partnerships, youth justice, anti-social behaviour, victims of crime, restorative justice, urban governance and the regulation of public space.

He has successfully secured over £10 million in external research funding, mostly as principal investigator.

Professor Karen Lucas

LSSI Deputy Director and Professor of Transport and Social Analysis (ITS)

Karen has had 20 years experience in social research in transport.  Her research interests include transport poverty and social disadvantage, public participation and knowledge brokerage, social impact evaluation, and car dependence.

Professor Adrian Favell

LSSI Deputy Director and Chair in Sociology and Social Theory

Adrian is an interdisciplinary sociologist, with research interests in migration studies, urban and regional studies (particularly Europe and East Asia), and contemporary arts.  He previously held professorships at UCLA, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Sciences Po, Paris.

Alison Lundbeck

LSSI Research and Innovation Development Manager

Alison has a varied educational background, including both natural and social sciences, and has extensive experience in supporting cross-institutional research, knowledge exchange, impact and strategic policy implementation in the Higher Education sector.

Alison will be supporting cross-disciplinary research and innovation within and beyond the social sciences.

Hannah Crow

LSSI Coordinator

Hannah has been with the University for five years, working as a Senior Trial Coordinator for the Institute of Clinical Trials Research. She studied Sociology and Criminology at Leeds Beckett University.

She is looking forward to engaging with social scientists across the university and supporting their interdisciplinary research going forward.

Rebecca Johnson

Industrial Strategy Partnerships Manager

Rebecca has been managing external collaborations for over ten years and has worked in sectors including global health, agriculture, transport and the arts. She has an educational background in international development and public policy.

She joined the University in June 2018, and supports the delivery of business partnerships across social sciences. Especially linked to opportunities arising from the UK governments Industrial Strategy

Katie Barclay

LSSI Communications and Graduate Coordinator

Katie is new to the University of Leeds and has joined the LSSI as Communications and Graduate Coordinator. Katie will also be working to coordinate the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. Coming from a Higher Education background, she has previously worked in Student Recruitment and Postgraduate Communications and Events. Katie is very excited to be working on innovative and creative ways that the LSSI can communicate its work.


The Steering Group oversees the work of LSSI. It reviews and agrees priorities for activities which will:

  • Foster a creative and intellectually stimulating environment for social scientists in Leeds to help them innovate, collaborate and develop visionary research
  • Provide co-ordinated training for social scientists at all career stages
  • To respond to new opportunities for funding for research or innovation and to stimulate responses to those opportunities and, where appropriate, coordinate the preparation of large scale cross-institutional bids with RIS
  • Maximise internal and external collaboration and strategic alliances within and beyond the social sciences, and will act as the first point of contact for N8 initiatives.
  • Communicate and showcase (both internally and externally) the social sciences at Leeds including our distinctive strengths, expertise, activity, new opportunities, supporting new staff, hosting major international events etc.
  • Provide a six month update on the social sciences action plan to Faculties and Research & Innovation Board, plus an annual update on progress to Faculty Management Group (via the Social Sciences Strategic Oversight Group)

Click here for a full list of LSSI Steering Group members

The Social Sciences Research Strategy Oversight Group oversees the implementation of the Social Sciences Research Strategy with the aim of maximising the research and innovation potential of the social sciences at the University of Leeds. Its primary role is to provide strategic direction for research and innovation activities across the social sciences. The Group also has a role to promote, stimulate and encourage interdisciplinary research collaborations.
  • To oversee the implementation of the Social Sciences Research Strategy with the aim of achieving globally-recognised excellence in research
  • To advise on the key strategic priorities related to the Strategy, ensuring ongoing connectivity with relevant existing University wide themes, activities and groups such as Research & Innovation Board, ESRC Strategic Panel
  • To monitor and review the external funding environment, identify future patterns of research or innovation activity and to make recommendations concerning the internal infrastructure which will be necessary to support them.
  • To receive from Leeds Social Sciences Institute progress reports and recommendations concerning the development of the social sciences at Leeds.

Click here for a full list of Social Sciences Research Oversight Group members

Members of the Impact Acceleration Account Review Team consider application forms for each activity strand of our IAA.

Click here for a full membership list of the Impact Acceleration Account review team

L-R Professor Adrian Favell, Professor Karen Lucas, Rebecca Johnson, Hannah Crow, Professor Adam Crawford, Alison Lundbeck, Katie Barclay





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