Research and consultancy

We are committed to providing a stimulating learning environment for students by underpinning their teaching with personal research. Our research activity focuses on strategically important and timely environmental, resource, transport and societal issues.

Department research centres

Staff across the department also contribute to the Centre for Property Research and Construction.

Department research areas

Environment, Sustainability and Resource Management

  • Floods and communities
  • Droughts
  • Water and resource security
  • Air quality and carbon management 
  • Fluvial geomorphology and catchment management
  • Quaternary environmental change
  • Biogeography and conservation
  • Environmental applications of remote sensing and GIS

Societies, Cultures and Communities

  • Sacred and secular mobilities
  • Retirement, migration and social capital
  • Urban and rural planning and regeneration
  • Landscapes of mourning and remembrance
  • Gendered spaces and gendered knowledge  
  • Sustainable and responsible tourism

Making research links

Staff in the Geography Research Unit work alongside colleagues from allied research centres in the Faculty of Environment and Technology and across the University.

Research is often undertaken with external agencies to ensure that it is relevant to local communities and industries. Work has been undertaken, for example, with the Environment Agency, Consumer Council for Water, UK Water Companies, Severn Estuary Research Group and Charity Retain Association and DEMOS. 

The department, in line with the university’s vision for ‘research with impact’, is committed to examining real world problems that affect people in order to inform sustainable livelihoods and practices.

Recent research output

The staff publish their research in a number of forms, including books, book chapters, journal articles, conference presentations and popular media. Recent books that have been published by staff in the Department are:

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