The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology undertakes research of the highest academic quality, much of which is internationally focused, and underpinned by a concern for informing public debate and contributing to public policy formulation.

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With over 200 active social science researchers; over 100 academic and research staff and over 120 postgraduate researchers, the School is the powerhouse of social science research at Newcastle University.

Including a community of postgraduate researchers which itself exceeds 100 in number, the School has almost 200 active social science researchers.

The School embraces internationalisation, with a thriving community of international researchers creating global impact through internationally collaborative projects.

The School has a thriving community of international researchers, both staff and students, creating global impact through internationally collaborative projects. School research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for Geography and Sociology has been highlighted by Newcastle University as an example of its international research impact.

Research Strengths

The main inter-disciplinary research strengths are:

The School also has particular research strengths in each of its three constituent disciplines – geography (human and physical), politics and sociology.

Leading-edge research is being undertaken in:

  • Geography - research in Geography at Newcastle focuses on quaternary environmental change, earth surface processes, new economic geographies, geographies of social change, and questions of power, space and politics. A long standing specialisation in urban and regional development is given particular expression in the world-renowned Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), and GPS is one of three Schools in the University that co-owns the Centre of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
  • Politics - research in politics at Newcastle focuses on political philosophy, international politics, and governance and political organisations. The last of these themes is given particular expression through the Jean Monnet European centre of Excellence, a Politics-led university-wide initiative promoting an understanding of EU institutions.
  • Sociology - research in Sociology at Newcastle focuses on the changing nature of identities in society, understanding contemporary social transformations and the sociology of health and the life sciences. The last of these themes has particular expression in the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences research Centre (PEALS), a highly successful cross-disciplinary centre based in the University.

12 short vignettes of a selection of our school research activity are contained in Research for the real world (PDF: 1.2MB)