School of the Environment, Geography & Geosciences

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At the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences we're studying how our planet works, how it's changing and what we can do about it.

Merging two departments, each with more than 50 years of history, the School's skilled staff conduct impactful research and innovation. Our expertise covers areas including palaeontology, geology, geotechnical engineering, geography and environmental science.

Our research aims to provide solutions to the complex environmental and geographic challenges we face today. It makes a positive impact at the local, national and international level.

The work we do is diverse and cross-disciplinary: we're studying the geology of Mars, finding new ways to prevent flooding in the Mississippi basin, improving fire prevention strategies by combining ecological data with Indigenous knowledge, and analysing how organisations can better respond to disaster events.

We're proven world leaders in our field, with 100% of our research impact classed as outstanding or very considerable in terms of reach and significance (UOA 7, REF2014).

Our research areas include:

  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Physical and human geography

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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