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Undergraduate study

Geography is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university. We live in an interdependent world caught up in chains of events which span the globe. We depend upon an increasingly fragile physical environment, whose complex interactions require sophisticated analysis and sensitive management.

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Graduate study

The Department has a large community of postgraduate students. Many are working for the PhD degree, awarded on the basis of individual research and requiring three years of full-time study. The Department of Geography also runs a range of Masters/MPhil courses.

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People in the Department

The Department's staff publish regularly in hundreds of separate publications, and attract research funding from a wide variety of sources.

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Research groups

Research in the Department of Geography, arranged across six Thematic Research Groups and two Institutes, covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise, individually and in collaboration, is both conceptual and applied.

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Honorable Mention for Natura Urbana

18th August, 2017

 

The new documentary 'Natura Urbana The Brachen of Berlin' by Professor Matthew Gandy, created as part of his Rethinking Urban Nature project, has been awarded one of three 'honourable mentions' at the Karlsruhe Science Film Days. The win comes shortly after the film's victory in the 'Best German BioDiversity Film' category of NaturaVision Film Festival last month. Congratulations to Matthew and all the team!

Watch the film trailer.

How the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world

16th August, 2017

 

Writing in The Conversation, Professor Bill Adams and Visiting Researcher Shane McCorristine explore the benefits that the search for mythical creatures such as the Yeti, Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster might have for conservation. Cryptozoology, as it is known, has a long shared history with conservation and exploration. Furthermore, the article argues, cryptozoologists help to map the world's still undiscovered species and bring a sense of wonder to our ecological imagination that should not be discounted.

Struggling with home ownership and wellbeing

14th August, 2017

 

A new paper by Honorary Professor Susan Smith and team explores how individuals' wellbeing is affected by transitioning in and out of home ownership. Although it has long been assumed that home ownership is a basic foundation of wellbeing, this study of individuals in the UK and Australia found that those struggling on the edges of home ownership might in fact experience an increase in their wellbeing once they had left home ownership and moved into renting.

Amateur Musical Societies and Sports Clubs in Provincial France

11th August, 2017

 

A new book by retired University Lecturer Dr Alan Baker explores how leisure groups in 19th century France served as expressions of the Revolutionary French concept of fraternité​. Amateur Musical Societies and Sports Clubs in Provincial France, 1848-1914 uses a mass of unpublished and hitherto unused sources in provincial and national archives, to analyse the history, geography and cultural significance of amateur musical societies and sports clubs in eleven départements of France between 1848 and 1914.

Mycotourism: bringing social, political and ecological stability to Northern Spain?

10th August, 2017

 

A new paper by Professor Ulf Buentgen and team explores a new model of 'mycotourism' emerging in central North-eastern Spain through mushroom industries. The paper describes how this novel branch of eco-tourism can help stabilize social and political structures and compensate for losses related to widespread unemployment and summer drought, as well as generate unexpectedly fruitful research opportunities.

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