Business and Community Engagement

Geography at Swansea has a good relationship with a wide range of external partners, including SMEs, Government Agencies, Local Government , UK and overseas research institutes and universities.

Undergraduate links

Undergraduate students benefit from the experience of working with an external organisation for their research projects.

Undergraduate partners

  • Halcrow Group (geotechnical engineering)
  • Forestry Commission

Postgraduate links

Taught Masters and Postgraduate Research projects include projects based in the School working in close collaboration with companies. The companies benefit from access to high calibre students and in return the experience has a significant benefit to the student, increasing their employability, skills and knowledge of the Welsh Economy.

Postgraduate partners

  • Awel Aman Tawe cyf
  • National Trust Pembrokeshire
  • Environment Agency Wales
  • National Trust Gower
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Asylum Justice Swansea
  • Displaced People in Action (DPIA)
  • SelectFor Ltd
  • National Botanical Gardens, Wales
  • Furtech Ltd
  • Teradat
  • Seren Energy
  • Oxfam
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Seren Energy
  • Fair Trade Wales
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales

Environmental Dynamics Group


The Environmental Dynamics research group focuses on characterising environmental variability throughout the Quaternary (climatic change, biogeochemical cycling, and ecosystem vulnerability); and  investigating interactions between climatic change, human disturbance, and land-surface processes.The group enjoys collaboration with the following partners:

  • Forestry Commission
  • Furtech Ltd
  • Terrageomatics
  • Fire and Rescue Services (South Wales and Northumberland divisions)
  • Cox Analytical Systems, Sweden
  • Aquatrols Inc, USA

Glaciology Group

The Glaciology group undertakes research and teaching in Glaciology and the Cryosphere, specialising in understanding the processes that regulate glacier dynamics, flow instabilities and surging, and glacier fast flow. Current field projects span the Arctic, Antarctic and Alps.

Laurence Dyke Greenland Current collaborative research projects with NERC include CASE partners, 196 Productions, on establishing the deglacial history and retreat pattern of glaciers in SE Greenland with the aim of making a documentary film about the research of the Swansea Glaciology group.

Migration, Boundaries and Identity Group

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The Migration, Boundaries and Identities research group undertakes policy-relevant research on the economic, social and political causes and consequences of national and international migration, on asylum and migration policy and practice and on the experiences of migrants, particularly in relation to race, gender, childhood and cultural marginality. Current collaborative projects include:

  • Refugee employment in Wales with the Welsh Assembly Government, Wales Strategic Migration Partnership and Displaced People in Action
  • The livelihood and coping strategies of destitute asylum seekers with Oxfam
  • The situation of immigrant children in rich countries with UNICEF
  • Guardianship for separated asylum seeking children in Scotland with the Scottish Refugee Council and Aberlour Housing trust
  • Housing and homelessness among Eastern and Central European migrants in Wales with Shelter Cymru

Social Theory and Urban Space Group

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The Social Theory and Urban Space research group conducts research within a wide variety of socio-spatial contexts, including consumer society, film and visual culture, performance, urban regeneration, the knowledge economy, the media, healthcare, and world cities.  Current collaborative projects include:


  • Anti-social behaviour with South Wales Police
  • Patient-centred professionalism in primary care environments with the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust and the General Nursing Council for English & Wales Trust