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The Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) was established to encourage decision-making that safeguards the environment.

Founded in 2016, it has grown into a thriving research centre with over 50 members, and partnerships with leading researchers and institutes worldwide.

LEEP helps government, businesses and communities develop knowledge and understanding of how land and the environment is managed and used. Specifically, it encourages better policymaking through improved design, appraisal and evaluation.

Crucially, LEEP integrates expertise from natural and physical science research within environmental economic analyses. This integrated approach means it is ideally positioned to advise on complex challenges such as sustainable food production, urban well-being, pollution and climate change. 

LEEP produces cutting-edge research across a variety of fields. Its work has been published in the likes of Nature Food, Nature Climate Change and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. LEEP academics also speak regularly at high profile conferences.

It has also produced over 40 tools, models or products to empower land managers and policymakers to better understand the environmental consequences of their decisions.

The institute works closely with research users in government and business. It has made a notable impact on a number of projects, including:

  • Writing the relevant sections on the treatment of the natural environment in the H.M. Treasury guidelines for public spending published in 2018.
  • Proposing a 25-year Environment Plan, subsequently adopted by all major UK political parties, and incorporated into Government policy in 2018.
  • A key role (Professor Bateman) in the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) reporting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for the Environment since 2011.

If you are interested in changing things, then it is absolutely vital to engage with all those people that actually make decisions in the world. Policy makers have a large influence in that community, but I would also add business people and the general public...You've got to think of the real world challenge that decision-makers face.

Professor Ian Bateman
Director of LEEP