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Department of Geography

 

Research in the Department

Research in the Department

Research in the Department of Geography covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise is both conceptual and applied and our goals both 'blue sky' and policy oriented. Excellence comes from sustained specialisation, emergent exploration, and interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond the Department.

These activities are structured through six thematic research groups:

Vital Geographies

Vital Geographies

Research in this group explores the production, politics and governance of different forms of life.

Infrastructural Geographies

Infrastructural Geographies

Infrastructural geographies examine the material and organizational structures of life, including the role of the state and a host of other mediating institutions.

Geographies of Knowledge

Geographies of Knowledge

Research in this group studies how knowledge about the world is made, authorized and contested with particular regard to the situated historical, cultural and political processes which shape it.

Biogeography and Biogeomorphology

Biogeography and Biogeomorphology

The research of members of the Biogeography and Biogeomorphology Group is concerned with the interactions and feedbacks between organisms (including humans) and their environments in the past, present and uncertain future.

Climate and Environmental Dynamics

Climate and Environmental Dynamics

The CED group conducts research on past, present and future climate and environmental variability. Understanding the mechanisms, evolution and impacts of global climate and environmental systems is central to the research of members of the group.

Glaciology and Glacial Geology

Glaciology and Glacial Geology

The research carried out by this thematic group concerns Earth's cryosphere (glaciers and ice sheets, sea ice and permafrost) and the landscapes affected by the cryosphere.

Activities are also undertaken through two Research Institutes:

SPRI

Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

SPRI

University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI)

Our staff are also actively involved in other University wide ventures, including, CRASSH, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Global Food Security Strategic Initiative.