Geography and Environment research

Area of research excellence: Geography and Environment

Our Geography and Environmental Studies research deploys scientific, social-scientific, humanities and arts approaches to address societal and environmental challenges. We work across traditional boundaries to embrace and pioneer interdisciplinary research.

Three entities span the unit and link to other scholarly areas:

  1. The Research Centre for Environmental Humanities (RCEH)
  2. The Hazard, Risk and Disaster’ Research Group (HRD) and
  3. The Global Citizenship & Identities’ Research Group (GCI)

All are supported by national and international partnership networks and underpinned by major research grants. Significant institutional investment has transformed the School, and its unit’s interdisciplinary ethos both transcends and bridges subject boundaries, across the School of Sciences in Geography, Biology and Sociology, the School of Humanities and the School of Creative Industries.

Our areas of research expertise are:

  • conservation ecology
  • environmental histories and heritages
  • environmental ethics and philosophy
  • environmental visual and performance arts
  • geographical pedagogy
  • global development
  • sustainability and political ecology
  • hazard processes and disaster/ resilience studies, and
  • palaeo-environmental reconstruction/climate change.

Operating within the context of University-wide research strategies, the unit delivers vitality and sustainability through core commitments to research leadership, the development of all our people, and bi-directional research and teaching.

The HRD Grouping brings together understandings of process dynamics and societal policy responses to environmental hazards and disaster risk reduction, particularly in DAC-listed countries. We have strengths in India and Kiribati, and wider work in Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico and Nepal. 

The ‘Global Citizenship & Identities’ group explores global interconnections surrounding the mobility of capital, people and ideas.

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