Our research is organised into three broad research themes:

  1. Smart Sustainable Futures
  2. Earth Surface Processes 
  3. Palaeoecology

We draw from social, environmental and geosciences to address local and global sustainability challenges and the impact of rapid environmental change on contemporary surface processes.

Our vision is to produce exemplary interdisciplinary research in areas relevant to the theory, practice and governance of societal and environmental change.

Research Themes and Clusters

Smart Sustainable Futures

  • Transport and Mobility
  • Green Economy
  • Rural Sustainability

Earth Surface Processes



Research Institutes and Centres

The Department is home to a number of strong research Institutes and Centres:



We collaborate extensively on research and joint PhD supervision with local, national and international partners. We have formal links with institutes and agencies such as: