Research

LEEP specialises in bringing cutting edge academic research and tools to inform policy-making and implementation. We have particular expertise in the following fields:

  • 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
  • people and pollution
  • 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
  • environmental economics

Our methods have global relevance and can be applied to land use problems and policy decisions anywhere in the world. Much of our work has been in the UK, where we are based, but we have also carried out research within the EU, Australia, the US, South East Asia and East Africa. Examples of how our methods have been applied to a range of environmental and land use issues include: