Postgraduate Research in Geography

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.

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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 , and 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. 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.

Some recent and current PhD projects include:

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  • 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
  • Venture Capital Networks in the North East and East Midlands
  • Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction using Near-infrared Spectroscopy
  • Controls on the Formation of Topographic Basins and Trenches within Contemporary Glacial Systems
  • Palaeocological Records of Zooplankton Foodwebs

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

Research Clusters

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

Further Information

How to apply
Postgraduate funding
Research training
Research supervision

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