Our research

All academic staff in Geography are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture and a strong postgraduate community.

In the latest UK Research Assessment Exercise, 59.4% of our research outputs regarded as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Environmental Dynamics

Our research group's main focus is understanding environmental variability throughout the Quaternary and the effects of future climatic change. It is centred on regions especially sensitive to environmental change (tropical, cold and wildfire-prone) and also considers interactions between climate change, human disturbance and catastrophic events.


Our group undertakes research in glaciology and the cryosphere, specialising in understanding the processes that regulate glacier dynamics, flow instabilities and surging, and glacier fast flow. The group uses a wide variety of techniques including geophysics, numerical modelling and remote sensing, and current field projects span the Arctic, Antarctic and Alps.

Global Environmental Modelling and Earth Observation

Our group's research addresses a range of environmental issues including the interactions between vegetation and climate, glacier dynamics, and urbanization. The group is instrumental to the Climate and Land-Surface Systems Interaction Centre (CLASSIC), which is a NERC Centre of Excellence.

Migration, Boundaries and Identities

The research undertaken within this group focuses on the social and political construction of place, nationalism and nationhood, on relationships between international migration, globalisation and the conceptualisation of place, and on geographies of exclusion, particularly as these relate to issues of race, gender and childhood.

Social Theory and Urban Space

Our group aims to advance theoretically informed understandings of space and spatiality, with particular reference to modern and postmodern cities. This theoretical ambition embraces a range of conceptual approaches, most notably those associated with poststructuralism.