Work Package leader for WP2 “AfriCultuReS Scoping and Framework and Requirements Assessment”.
Activity leader for 2.1b “Analysis of Agro-systems and Socio Economic Assessment”,
2.1c “Agricultural risk analysis” and
3.4a “Crop and grasslands growth modelling for yield prediction”.
UNIVLEEDS also contributes significantly to several tasks and activities across different WPs.
UNIVLEEDS is one of the largest universities in the UK with over 32,000 full-time students, 7,500 staff.
Climate related research
The University of Leeds has more than 200 academic staff working on climate related research with £100m in research income and 40 papers published in Nature and Science between 2010 and 2015. Five lead authors for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) came from Leeds, which is one of very few worldwide institutions with leaders on all four AR5 reports. Research on the relationships between climate, agriculture, land use and food security at Leeds is significant: £3.66M between 2010 and 2015, involving 24 academics. A range of funders support this work, e.g. NERC, BBSRC, ESRC, EU, UNDP, DEFRA, Met Office and the CGIAR. Leeds has received considerable research council and other investment (over £20 million) to host cross-cutting centres such as the NERC NCAS and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Economic Policy (CCCEP) (with LSE).
The Priestley International Centre for Climate, established in 2016, is a major investment (£6.82 m over 5 years) by the University of Leeds to grow interdisciplinary research to underpin robust and timely climate solutions. The Priestley Centre aims to promote interdisciplinary research of the highest standard on climate change and its impact on nature and society.
School of Earth and Environment
The School of Earth and Environment (SEE) at Leeds is a large school with over 70 academic staff, 35 support staff and 65 Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Associates. SEE is an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching in earth and environmental system science and social science. SEE houses both the Sustainability Research Institute and the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS). Both SRI and ICAS conduct world-class research on climate change and its impacts, from social and natural science perspectives, respectively.
Leeds works collaboratively with the CGIAR Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which conducts research that is highly aligned with Post-Plus. The CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. CCAFS is collaboration across all 15 CGIAR research centres, with funding to date in excess of $200M.
Future Climate For Africa
SEE also gains significant funding for Africa-focussed research, including three major collaborative programmes of research under the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) programme. The ultimate goal of FCFA is to reduce disruption and damage from climate change and to safeguard economic development and poverty eradication efforts over the long-term. In this way, FCFA aims to make new African infrastructure and urban and rural plans and investments more climate-resilient.
Andy Challinor (leader)
Stewart Jennings (participant)
Kanhu Pattnayak (participant)