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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.

Output Areas (2011 Census)
Output Areas (2011 Census)

Award-winning research underpins 2021 Census

Better-designed boundaries are improving the collection and publication of official statistics.

Image Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence V.3.0, Contains OS Data © Crown copyright and database right 2021; Background mapping © OSM Contributors

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Population density - Nigeria
Population density - Nigeria

Counting every person on Earth

Improved mapping of residential populations is enabling better targeting of public health planning, service delivery, and development in low and middle income countries.

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Population density change
Population density change

Mobile populations

Analysis of mobile network data is informing infectious disease control and disaster relief worldwide.

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