The Department of Geography has a vibrant community of scholars - most are members of one of four research groups: Cities; Environment, Politics & Development; Environmental Monitoring & Modelling. Some members of each of these groups are also members of the multidisciplinary Hazards & Risk group. Staff research also ranges well beyond those groups and involves both individual scholarship and colleagues in other institutions as well as the department. These groups operate through staff-funded research and PhD student collaboration on research projects. The research themes providing the central focus of our international reputation centre on: cultural, political and social change in cities; urban governance and public policy in cities; urban sustainability; environment and development in low-income locations; monitoring and modelling of terrestrial environmental processes and investigations of the politics of environmental policy. In addition, we have thematic research specialisms in: historical geography, geographies of disability, architecture and the built environment, rural development, and remote sensing of the environment.
Joint PhD programme
Exciting opportunities are now available to undertake a joint PhD programme with Hong Kong University, Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) or the National University of Singapore bringing together expertise in urban (social and/or economic) geography, physical geography, political geography, political ecology, risks and hazards.