About us

About us 

The Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) aims to develop knowledge and understanding to inform governments, businesses and communities about how land and the environment are managed and used; the policies that affect this; the impact upon people and how policy should be better designed, appraised and evaluated.

The Institute builds upon an established and internationally acclaimed track record of research excellence, combining research leaders from the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) and the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR). Together with its international research partners, LEEP brings together experts from the diversity of social, economic and natural sciences needed to provide an integrated understanding of the ways in which these complex systems interact.

This extraordinary breadth and depth of perspectives on the relationship between land, society, the economy and environment, gives LEEP a unique perspective, combining insights about how these interact at a macro-level with an understanding of how policies affect individual businesses, farms and households.

LEEP specialises in cutting edge research across a variety of fields including:

  • integrated modelling of natural, economic and social systems
  • ecosystem services
  • food production and sustainable agriculture
  • urban environments and wellbeing
  • the sociology of agriculture and farm household decision making
  • the incorporation of the natural environment within decision making
  • identifying the best uses of and investments in scarce natural resources
  • bringing the complexities of real world locations into analyses, conservation and society
  • impacts of climate change on farming and land use
  • people and pollution
  • environmental economics

We place great emphasis upon our engagement with knowledge users in government and the business sector, delivering high impact in translating research into policy and investment action.

The Institute is developing a teaching programme designed to deliver the interdisciplinary researchers and decision makers of tomorrow. This programme is intended to equip students with the range of highly marketable skills required to ensure excellent employability into the future.