School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences


Our research strengths:

Communication and cultures

We are renowned for the breadth of our research across interpersonal and small-group communication, social media, political communication, media education, and mainstream communications.

Spotlight: Professor Emily Keightley’s research centres on memory in everyday life. In her recently completed project, Media of Remembering (with Michael Pickering) she explored the ways in which media technologies shape the way that we relate to the past in contemporary social life. Her new project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, investigates cultural memories of the 1947 Partition of India and the role these memories have in the construction of social identities and relationships for South Asian communities in the UK.

Migration, identities and governance

Our expertise is at the forefront of understanding today’s globalized society and the interconnections between nationalism, racism, citizenship, militarism and right-wing movements, identities, and migration.

Spotlight: The School recently played host to the inaugural International Conference on Geographies of Migration and Mobilities and is at the forefront of the Loughborough University Nationalism Network which promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of the nation(al) through sociological, psychological, geographical, organizational, literary and artistic perspectives. 


Environmental processes and management

We are world leaders in the investigating, modelling and management of hydrological, ecological and geomorphological processes, and the environmental processes that characterize the world’s cold places.

Spotlight: Over the past 18 months physical geographers have secured over £1.4 million from the Natural Environment Research Council to research topics including the ecological effects of glacial dust deposition on remote Arctic lakes, use of drones in river management, emergency response accessibility during flooding, interactions between geomorphology and ecological processes in rivers and improving links between academic research and the insurance industry.


Families, young people and children

Our research excellence is shaping social policy on the family, young people and children, as well being internationally leading on how lives are shaped and reshaped in diverse geographical contexts in the Global North and South.

Spotlight: The School recently hosted the Fifth International Conference on Geographies of Children, Youth and Families, with the theme of young people and families in an era of global uncertainty. Delegates came from over twenty countries, discussing topics from living precariously in cities in the Global South to investigating how young children learn national identities. 

Democracy, crisis and security

Our multidisciplinary research leads debate about diplomacy and international governance, peace and conflict, crisis and emergency governance, and political theory.

Spotlight: Dr Ali Bilgic has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity. The chair was established in January 2003 to support the research of outstanding young academics. Ali will be working on ‘Migration and Human Security’ at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam.