We draw from social and environmental sciences to adress local and global sustainability challenges and the impacts of rapid environmental change on contemporary surface processes. It is our aim to produce exemplary interdisciplinary research in areas relevant to the theory, practice and governance of societal and environmental change. 

Our research is organised into three broad research themes: 

Research Themes and Clusters

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: