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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

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