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Research - General Information

The character of the department is determined by its research prowess; research is at the core of our distinctive identity.


Research is organised into three clusters, one in Human and two Physical Geography:

Centre for Research in Identity, Governance, Society (CRIGS)

Centre for Hydrological and Ecosystem Science (CHES)

Polar and Alpine Research Centre (PARC)

Research in Human Geography


Human Geographers at Loughborough share a commitment to critical geographical scholarship, pedagogy and practice. We engage positively with ideas that problematize conventional interpretations of the world, whilst producing knowledge that is socially- and policy-relevant. Our core theme of ‘Identity, Governance and Society’ is pursued in two ways. The department’s long-term reputation for critical studies in social and cultural geography is now represented by research on ‘Geographies of Learning’; while our international standing for analyses of cities under globalisation is being driven forward through research on ‘Cities and States’.



Research Clusters in Physical Geography


Research in physical geography at Loughborough is concerned primarily with environmental dynamics in space and time. Research activity takes place within two main clusters, Centre for Hydrological and Ecosystem Science and Alpine and Polar Research.


Within both clusters, water-related research is a major focus. However, recent staff appointments in the last five years have strengthened and diversified the Department’s expertise in sedimentary processes and modelling whilst acknowledging its long-standing investment in hydroecology. The appointment of new staff has broadened the Department's activity to include environmental problems in lakes and estuaries, terrestrial ecosystems as well as a focus on Arctic environments and processes.


A characteristic of Loughborough’s physical geographers is research that crosses the boundaries of traditional subject compartments. New appointments have strengthened and diversified these multidisciplinary linkages: there is research activity at terrestrial-marine, aeolian-fluvial and riverine sediment-organism interfaces.

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