The Priestley International Centre for Climate is unique in bringing together world leading expertise in all the key strands of climate change research.

Climate change and its impact on society and ecosystems is a global challenge and the centre aims to provide international solutions to the problems. Effective policy and solutions need to be underpinned by robust research and the Priestley Centre’s focus is on new interdisciplinary research partnerships that better link our physical, technological, economic and social understanding of climate change with strategies for mitigation and adaptation.

The Priestley International Centre for Climate is one of the University’s flagship strategic investments (of over £10m) in response to the global challenge of climate change.  It launched formally on 14 June 2016 and in 2018 we moved into our own dedicated space in the Priestley Building on the University of Leeds campus.

The Centre comprises:

  • Five chairs (see Profiles)
  • Up to seven annual appointments of prestigious University Academic Fellowships
  • Annual full time PhD studentships (EU only at present)
  • Core support team of a Research and Innovation Development Manager, Communications Officer and Centre Administrator
  • 280 members (as of January 2019) across eight faculties

The central hub area in the Priestley Building. Top: exterior of the Priestley Building. The building was refurbished by architects Farrell and Clark. Images: Simon Miles