The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

Overview

Geography at Newcastle is a premier research area providing a major focus for social science and physical geography research and teaching within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

Geography's open and interdisciplinary orientation has made core geographical concerns for space, place and scale central to social science analysis.

Geography possesses the only full time Newcastle-based members of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.

Through the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) it has an internationally renowned track record in applied policy-oriented research, which forms the core of the Institute for Policy and Practice.

Geography staff also have strong links to the Institute of Health and Society and the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.

Our postgraduates come from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Not surprisingly, their research is equally diverse in terms of its subject matter and location.

PhD studies

In recent years we have had PhD students carrying out studies in Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Spain, and the USA, as well as the UK, of course.

We would welcome PhD topics in a range of areas for both Human Geography and Physical Geography.

Some recent PhD projects include:

  • Patriots and Traitors: The Changing Ideologies and Nationalisms of Montenegro in the Post-Yugoslav Era
  • Alternative Places in Temporal Spaces: A Cultural Geography of Young People in Music Festivals
  • Tackling School Run Congestion from a Household Perspective
  • Environmental and Social Factors of Human Health: Malaria in Nigeria
  • Developing Northumberland's Natural Heritage Cluster: Potentials, Problems and Pitfalls
  • Overcoming the Digital Divide: Local Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Information Society

Research Clusters

Research clusters

Our research activity in Geography is organised through a number of clusters, which have links to other centres and institutes:

Further Information

Further information

For any further information please contact Professor Rachel Woodward (Director of Geography PhD and MPhil Programmes) or the Postgraduate Research Secretary at gps@ncl.ac.uk.

Human Geography

Many of our academics are keen to supervise prospective PhD students on topics within the research clusters Economic Geographies, Geographies of Social Change and Power, Space, Politics. Topics they have put forward are listed below.

We welcome PhD topics in a range of areas for both Human Geography and Physical Geography.

For any further general information, please contact: 

GPS Postgraduate Secretary 
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology 

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5200 
Fax: +44 (0)191 208 5421 
Email: gps@ncl.ac.uk

Physical Geography

We would welcome PhD topics in a range of areas for both Human Geography and Physical Geography.

IAPETUS NERC Doctoral Training

Geography welcomes applications to the 2016 IAPETUS doctoral studentship competition. Further information will be posted here once these projects are confirmed, and more information is also available on the IAPETUS website.

For any further general information, please contact:

Postgraduate Secretary
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5200
Fax: +44 (0)191 208 5421
E-mail: gps@ncl.ac.uk