Leeds Social Sciences Institute


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Adam-CrawfordProfessor 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.

Paul-RoutledgeProfessor Paul Routledge

LSSI Deputy Directory and Professor in Social and Urban Change (Environment)

Paul’s research interests include critical geopolitics, climate change, social justice, civil society, the environment, and social movements. He has long-standing research interests concerning development, environment and the practices of social movements in the Global South and Global North. His work involves politically engaged and committed research that is practice-based and conducted in horizontal collaboration with social movements.

Professor Jennifer Tomlinson

LSSI Deputy Director and Professor of Gender and Employment Relations (LUBS)

Jennifer’s work and publications focus on gender and inequalities in work, management and occupations; occupational gender segregation and part-time work; and gender relations, employment systems and welfare regimes.

She is currently an editor of Work, Employment and Society and an Associate editor of Gender, Work and Organization.

Position vacant

LSSI Research and Innovation Development Manager

Vicky Burrett

White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, Leeds Coordinator

Ms Sophia Kennedy

LSSI Coordinator

Susan-DarlingtonMs Susan Darlington

LSSI Support Assistant




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

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