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Climate change

PGR-RA-148

Expertise of research area
climate change; interdisciplinary; net-zero; solutions


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The Priestley International Centre for Climate promotes interdisciplinary research of the highest standard on climate and its impact on nature and society. The Priestley Centre&amp;rsquo;s focus is on interdisciplinary collaborations that better link our physical, technological, economic, social and cultural understanding of climate change in order to deliver robust and timely climate solutions.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Building on the university&rsquo;s outstanding reputation for climate research, the Priestley International Centre for Climate represents a flagship investment of more than &pound;10 million to this global challenge. The Centre&nbsp;delivers excellent research to underpin climate solutions with a specific focus on four areas:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/research/improving-prediction-of-future-climate/">Improving Predictions of Future Climate</a></li> <li><a href="https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/research/understanding-risk-to-develop-a-resilient-world/">Understanding Risk to Develop a Resilient World</a></li> <li><a href="https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/research/enabling-low-carbon-transitions/">Enabling Low Carbon Transitions</a></li> <li><a href="https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/research/addressing-the-social-political-and-economic-dimensions-of-climate-change/">Addressing the Social, Political and Economic Dimensions of Climate Change</a></li> </ul> <p>For case studies see: <a href="http://climate.leeds.ac.uk/research">climate.leeds.ac.uk/research</a></p> <p>University of Leeds researchers are leading the way in supporting scientific assessments and policymaking on climate solutions on an international, national and local scale:</p> <ul> <li>Internationally, Leeds is heavily engaged with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC&rsquo;s scientific assessments have been seminal in the development of the Paris Agreement and in ongoing efforts to support countries in setting emissions reduction commitments to meet the 1.5&deg;C target. Leeds researchers continue to contribute IPCC assessments used in periodical stocktakes of the Paris Agreement implementation.&nbsp;</li> <li>Nationally, Leeds research and expertise underpinned the ground-breaking commitment by the UK government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. The recommendations from the UK Committee on Climate Change, on which this commitment is based, includes a broad range of input from the University of Leeds, including key evidence on remaining emissions, the UK&rsquo;s carbon footprint and energy demand reduction.&nbsp;</li> <li>Locally, Leeds researchers are leading the Leeds Climate Commission which seeks to be an independent voice in the city, providing authoritative advice on steps towards a low carbon, climate resilient future so as to inform policies and shape the actions of local stakeholders and decision-makers. Leeds researchers have developed a carbon roadmap for Leeds, demonstrating that Leeds could become carbon neutral by 2050.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The Priestley Centre has identified a number of strategic research areas for growth and we encourage proposals in the following areas (however these should not be seen as exclusive):</p> <ul> <li>Achieving net-zero emissions</li> <li>Climate and Health</li> <li>Climate and Culture</li> <li>Climate Services</li> </ul> <p>For more information on PhD opportunities in the Centre, <a href="https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/opportunities/priestley-phd-scholarships/">see our website</a>.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research-degrees">Research degrees within the School of Earth and Environment</a></li> <li><a href="https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/">Priestley International Centre for Climate</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research">School of Earth and Environment, Research and Innovation</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-leeds-doctoral-college">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk">env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 1314.</p>


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