We are renowned for our inter-disciplinary, collaborative research focused on understanding our social and environmental futures.

We have an excellent international reputation for our research across different areas of physical and human geography.

We are currently leading a range of exciting research projects funded by major international research bodies and the UK Government that sit at the interface of physical and human geography to tackle real world global challenges.

In physical geography our research covers a wide range of cutting-edge topics including hydrological and ecosystem science, polar and alpine research, and the relationship between climate, water and energy. 

In human geography, some of the key themes our original research explores include migration, cities, education, and geographies of children, youth and families.

95% of our research is internationally recognised

(REF 2014)

Virtual Cabinet of Curiosities

Each item in the cabinet is the origin of a story about our curiosity for Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. Together they highlight the diversity of research undertaken by the staff, postgraduates and undergraduates.

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Research networks

Our expertise also contributes in important ways to a number of well-established international, national and cross-campus research networks.