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. Together with its international research partners, LEEP brings together research leaders and experts from the diversity of economic and natural sciences needed to provide an integrated understanding of the ways in which these complex systems interact.

This multi-disciplinary perspective on the relationship between land, society, the economy and environment, results in truly unique insights about how these interact at a macro-level, with a core 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
  • the incorporation of the natural environment within decision making
  • bringing the complexities of real world locations into analyses, conservation and society
  • impacts of climate change on farming and land use

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

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