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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Our impact

The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top research universities, ranking 11th for the volume of its high quality research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The REF rated 84 per cent of Southampton’s overall research activity as world-leading and internationally excellent.

Geography has performed well in specific Units of Assessment in the REF with 100% of our activity rated as internationally excellent or of world-leading quality for the outstanding research environment that we offer. We rank 11th in the UK for Geography (climbing 10 places) and 5th in the UK for the quality of our publications.

Here in Geography and Environmental Science at Southampton, we are committed to conducting excellent, world-leading research that addresses critical challenges in today’s world. We use interdisciplinary approaches that combine social, economic and environmental expertise to address a range of critical issues in the areas of economic sustainability and innovation, adaptation to environmental change, and improvement of human health and wellbeing. Below we feature examples of ways in which our research is changing the world for the better and impacting on the lives of people in the UK and around the globe.

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Adapting to economic change

Injecting life back into the high street

Research by Southampton Geography and Environmental Science academics is helping inject life back into the UK’s high streets by having a major impact on the UK and global retail sector and government retail policy.

Link to Retail Industry Business Engagement Network (RIBEN) website

Link to "Adaptively Resilient High Streets: What we learned from the economic crisis" lecture given at Cardiff

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Restoration of watercourses in the New Forest

Managing and restoring our river environments

Pioneering research by a Southampton Professor of Physical Geography is transforming the way river management and restoration is tackled around the world by exposing centuries-old flaws in traditional methods.

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Redrawing the lines

Redrawing the Lines

Geography experts from the University of Southampton have played a critical role in creating and managing small geographical areas for the publication of data from the 2001 and 2011 censuses for England and Wales and the Neighbourhood Statistics Service.

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Increasing the number of people who have access to clean water

Safe drinking water in the poorest communities

Research by a geography academic at the University of Southampton is helping international efforts to reduce the 1.9million deaths each year due to diarrhoea resulting from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene.

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