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These case studies showcase the innovative work taking place across the university. Our research is having impact far beyond academia, to make a real difference in the world of health, education, business and the environment.

Research Case Studies

Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe

The Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe (ASBAE) project, was a two-year EC Daphne-funded project, co-led by Dr Kate Milnes and Dr Tamara Turner-Moore focused on tackling sexual bullying (encompassing sexual harassment, homo- and bi-phobic bullying and transphobic bullying) amongst young people across five European countries (Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and UK).

Architecture Live Project programme

This research highlights the work of Craig Stott and Simon Warren in the pedagogical field of architecture live projects, which seeks to address the discontinuity between architectural practice, theory and education by developing a new model of architectural pedagogy.

Aural Intimacy: The case of micro-space in acousmatic music

This work aims to develop, and explore in compositional practice, the notion aural micro-space, an area whose aural architecture is not accessible to the listener unless it is mediated by recording technology.

Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath is a solo theatre performance performed in a minibus, presented throughout the UK at theatres, festivals, arts centres and rural touring networks; also presented in Mannheim Germany. In addition, it is an online story-telling project using the platforms Twitter, Instagram and Storify

Caribbean Carnival Cultures

The Caribbean Carnival Cultures research platform, supported by the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett, is kick-starting carnival research in the UK and across the Caribbean diaspora. Leeds is a city perfectly placed to be leading on carnival research as it is home to the longest-running Caribbean carnival in Europe. We believe that carnival needs to be taken seriously and we aim to bridge the perceived gap between academic research and artistic practice in carnival by encouraging a necessary dialogue between the two.

Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

One in ten young people has some form of diagnosable mental health condition and there is evidence that schools and colleges play a vital role in identifying needs and referring children onto specialist services where this is required (DfE, DoH, 2017). The Centre was established in 2017 to support schools and colleges to develop evidence-based institutional-wide approaches to support the mental health of children and young people.

An Interrelational and Inegrative perspective on Corporate Governance and its Implications

The key theoretical frameworks on corporate governance were developed previously at the Centre for Director Education, Faculty of Business and Law, and lately at the Centre of Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility (CGLGR), Leeds Business School, led by Professor Mervyn King (Honorary President of the Centre), Professor Simon Robinson (Director of the Centre) and Dr. William Sun (Deputy Director of the Centre). Extended practical models and tools have been developed based on the key thoughts from the theoretical frameworks, which have been applied in several governance practices and have generated significant impacts.

Encouraging SME Innovation and productivity through action oriented methods

Today, the world’s societies face severe economic and social challenges. To thrive, organisations, localities, regions and countries need to find new and sustainable sources of social value and economic growth. The development of the next generation of small and medium sized enterprise (SME) leaders and managers with the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in business will be a key to success.

Increasing energy efficiency and reducing the performance gap in buildings

Research undertaken by the Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) has been fundamental in establishing the concept of the “performance gap” which is now ubiquitous in building energy efficiency policy. Our research has not only led to changes to Part L of the Building Regulations for England and Wales, but it has also established building performance evaluation (BPE) as a major focus for research council, government and industry funding. Our research has been used as evidence in Parliamentary Select Committees, APPGs and Green papers, and the Each Home Counts industry review. Our staff have also been seconded into Government Departments to share the knowledge and understanding of the issues that we are discovering.

Independent Evaluation of Lloyds Banking Group’s Flagship School Governance Programme

Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) StandingOut (SO) Programme facilitates the placement of LBG employees as governors on school Governor Bodies in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. LBG commissioned the Carnegie School of Education to undertake an independent evaluation of the SO Programme.

Latin Music Performance Aeshetics, Practice and History

Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation (Scarecrow Press, 2014) by Dr Sue Miller was the first book worldwide on Cuban flute improvisation and performance practice. It presented original material (five-key flute fingering sets and annotated transcriptions) alongside a practice-informed history of the Cuban charanga dance band tradition. Dr Miller has since become known as a leading scholar and performer in the field of Cuban and Latin music studies.

Mobilities: media and place

How do we belong to and make sense of the spaces in which we live and work? Our work develops walking as a method to explore the various attachments we have with spaces, landscapes, localities and work spaces. It also develops new methods for understanding how spaces and landscapes become familiar and ‘known’ through repeated media imaginary. From gardens to parks to railway stations and from walking vlogs to reality television, we ask how spaces form part of our imaginary and real communities, our sense of places and feelings of home.

Multi-disciplinary professional work with vulnerable children and young people

This body of research draws on Wenger’s theory relating to ‘communities of practice’ and applies this concept to the field of professional work with children and young people.

Music: Leeds

Leeds Beckett University’s research has contributed to the development of Music: Leeds, a project designed to respond to the needs, issues and opportunities for SMEs, larger organisations and microbusinesses within the Leeds region’s music sector. Leeds Beckett University’s research collaboration with Music: Leeds has impacted the music and cultural sector of local authorities...

Neighbourhood and Community Planning

Across England as a whole, disadvantaged communities have not shared equally in the benefits of public participation and democratic engagement in statutory services. Over the last three years, the Neighbourhood and Community Planning cluster at Leeds Beckett University has been successful in supporting disadvantaged communities to shape and plan improvements to the areas they live.

Our Criminal Past

The case-study combines knowledge exchange, heritage and public engagement, and builds on Heather Shore’s extensive body of work and reputation in crime history.

Racisms: Affect, Aesthetics, Institutions

The study of racism and aesthetics is not new and has the majority of its publications emanating from Black feminist and anti-racist aesthetics scholarship in the USA, however, very little has been written on this issue. This work critiques white aesthetic iconicity as well as Black normative expectations of what Black beauty should look like. It asks the question of the entanglement of racism with aesthetics by going against the grain of the taken for granted of beauty- that is, that the preference for white beauty is a global phenomenon.

Reducing accident risk for frontline safety‐critical workers

Despite a downward trend in injury rates in UK workplaces, accident occurrence in the rail industry remains an on-going issue. This research seeks to identify, examine and understand the behavioural and psychological factors that may help to reduce accident risk in railway work.

Smart and Sustainable IT

NPPs rely on coolants to retain a safe level of temperature. NPP aging poses high risks of failure and LOCA would have serious implications. The Smart project aims to mitigate the risks of LOCAs through early failure prediction. Thus, safety of NPPS could be enhanced through building and deployment of accurate predictive models using artificial and convolutional neural networks to monitor thermal-hydraulic parameters at the headers, where coolant leaves the nuclear reactor.

Technologies for Health and Wellbeing

This research focuses on computational and engineering approaches to improve people’s health, happiness and quality of life in a wide range of settings, including at home, in education, in the workplace and in care. The research team collaborate with stakeholders in the NHS, other healthcare organisations, engineering companies and directly with end users.

The Etiquette of the Arms Trade

The UK and US regularly sell weapons to repressive regimes, countries at war, and unstable states. This project asks: How are international arms sales justified, legitimized, and normalised? How might art be used to identify and challenge processes of legitimization in the arms trade? What part does art play in legitimizing the arms trade?

What Works in Dementia Education and Training

Having an informed and effective health and social care workforce that can meet the care and support needs of people living with dementia has been identified as a national and international priority. This research is being used to informing policy and practice on dementia training delivery and implementation in practice, in the UK and internationally.

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