We aim to transform the understanding and methods of analysis of planet Earth and its inhabitants across time and space.

Our research in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Human Geography is internationally recognised at the highest levels. Much of our work is interdisciplinary, and addresses some of the most challenging fundamental and applied questions our society faces today. It is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and technical expertise, with substantial funding from a wide range of sources, including research councils, the government, charities and the EU.

Our research is organised into four themes:

Critical and Creative Geographies

Critical and Creative Geographies draws together social science, geohumanities and critical GIS research in environmental governance and social justice; planetary urban and rural transformations; and everyday geopolitical lives.

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Solid Earth

The Solid Earth theme concerns all aspects of the structure, composition and dynamics of the solid earth. It includes the Centre for Sustainable Resource Extraction.

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Contemporary Environments

Contemporary Environments considers fundamental and applied aspects of environmental processes and human impacts on the environment. It includes the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research (CLCR).

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Evolution and Past Environments

Evolution and Past Environments is concerned with reconstructing environmental conditions from “deep time” (Palaeozoic and Cenozoic) to the Anthropocene using various kinds of geological analysis. It includes the Centre for Palaeobiology.

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