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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:

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

  • 30th November 2020:
    Embodying Suicidal Emotions, 1700-1850. Details…
  • 1st December 2020:
    Negotiating the panoptic gaze: power & conservation surveillance. Details…
  • 1st December 2020:
    Exploration, Celebrity and the Making of a Transnational Hero: Fridtjof Nansen and the Fram Expedition. Details…
  • 2nd December 2020:
    An auto-ethnographic account of a hitchhiking journey from Gateshead to Poland. Details…
  • 3rd December 2020:
    SCAR in the 60s: The successes and failures of science diplomacy in Antarctica. Details…
  • 3rd December 2020:
    Champagne capitalism: the economics of French informal empire in the nineteenth century. Details…
  • 26th January 2021:
    Captive polar bears: politics, (re)production, and performance. Details…
  • 9th February 2021:
    Defence and Security in the Arctic: The UK perspective. Details…
  • 9th March 2021:
    Change, continuity and value in Svalbard. Details…
  • 11th May 2021:
    Languages of Emergency, Infrastructures of Response and Everyday Heroism in the Circumpolar North. Details…

Distinguished International Visitor Programme

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships


As an international department with various, vibrant research groups, we actively encourage applications for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships. Please browse our research groups and interests and feel free to contact people about possible co-operations.