The University of Southampton
Geography and Environment


Global in its reach and collaborative in nature, our research is helping to address some of today’s major challenges, including climate change, social and health inequalities, poverty and global recession.

From earthquake riven Nepal to eastern China and beyond, our projects are helping people to protect themselves against the impact of environmental change, to develop sustainable livelihoods or to access safe, clean water, we aim to make a difference to millions of lives.

Closer to home, we have used population data in new ways to help decision makers to plan vital public services and exploring the evolution of the UK’s high streets in the context of economic uncertainty. In all this, we use cutting edge technology and approaches, leading the discipline in its quest to understand the earth’s surface processes and our relationship with it.


Our research groups

Student and staff research is organised into six research groups: Earth Surface Dynamics (ESD); Economy, Governance and Culture; GeoData (which conducts applied environmental research); Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation (GECEO); Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS); Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW). On joining us you will become a member of one (or more) of these groups.

Our academic team

Meet our team

Find out more about our lively and diverse research-active academic team of 70+

Staff bios

Our research community is committed to excellence, and we are continuing to enhance our position as one of the UK’s top centres for geography research in the UK, in terms of the quality of our research, the income we attract and the impact of our projects on global and local economies. Learn more about our research strategy in our 'Excellence with impact' report below.

Outstanding REF results

The quality of our research places us 11th amongst other UK Geography departments (REF 2014). We are top 5 in the UK for our research outputs (REF 2014) and we achieved 100% for our research environment. For a taster of past projects our Making a Global Impact brochure showcases some of our research highlights and you can learn more about our impact here.

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