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Geography and Environmental Science


Research within the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences is organised around four Research Clusters:

Economy, Society and Governance (ESG)

We research economic geography; politics, the state, and the city; migration; as well as entrepreneurship and creative labour. Our work therefore explores the interrelationships between economies, societies and cultures, and their regulation and governance. We examine the consequences for people and places, and the remaking of inequalities, differences and mobility across different spatial scales.

Environmental Change & Sustainability (ECaS)

We work on global environmental change, its impacts on ecosystem services, pollution, biodiversity, food security and associated human responses. In much of our work we employ satellite remote sensing and other technological tools to understand environmental change, its drivers and solutions, through modelling, analysis and prediction. We work closely with stakeholders to understand and promote the sustainable use of natural resources through informed decision making and policy.

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

We work on palaeo-environmental reconstruction and global change, geomorphology, spatial ecology and the relationships between climate, ecosystem dynamics and land surface systems.  Our work frequently employs innovative environmental sensing and we also host the UK’s first sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) laboratory to support molecular investigations of palaeo-environmental change.

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

We specialise in the spatial analysis of census and population data, as well as geographies of care and wellbeing, for human and planetary health geography. PHeW works on population geographies across time and space and future population measurement system, with a focus on care for vulnerable and marginalised groups, and hosts the WorldPop Project: providing innovative open-source spatial demographic datasets to support development, health and disaster response applications.

In addition to our four Research Clusters, GeoData is an enterprise group that works across the School and wider University undertaking impactful research addressing social and environmental challenges. Foci of activity include food and water security, poverty alleviation and climate change adaptation GeoData also has an important focus on capacity development and supporting the School’s open research via provision of expertise in spatial data infrastructure.

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