Geography Research

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Newcastle is one of the leading sites for geographical research in the UK. Our research community in geography and the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) comprises over 100 academics, support staff and postgraduates who generate a vibrant intellectual environment.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 90% of Newcastle Geography research was rated of international significance or better. Our excellence in postgraduate provision was recognised with seven Geography PhD studentship awards (2011-12) in the latest Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre Competition.

Our research in human geography and physical geography spans every continent and contributes to debates across the natural, social science and humanities disciplines.

Our location in a School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, together with our core role in a number of University Research Centres and Institutes allows us to situate geographical scholarship at the heart of new work in a range of disciplines. This includes agriculture, business, civil engineering and geosciences, gender and women's Studies, health studies, politics and sociology.

We are internationally renowned as a leading geography outlet for policy engagement and we are committed to research that makes a difference for our diverse audiences.

Our research is supported by numerous technical and administrative staff . Ongoing investment in new infrastructure and equipment, includes the new Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) which houses world class palaeoecology laboratory facilities. The School hosts the Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory , a brand new £700k facility which is helping pave the way to a major revolution in quaternary sciences.

We welcome invited speakers from around the world for our various seminar series, our Tyneside Geographical Lecture and for longer research visits.

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

The School also hosts cross-School (and Faculty) research groups, where membership spans disciplines. Some of the groups are hosted on this website, and some are hosted on the Newcastle Institute for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (NIASSH) website.