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.
With over 90 academic and research staff, the School is the powerhouse of social science research at Newcastle University.
Since 2005, the School has generated £10 million of research income and has been awarded close to 300 externally funded research grants (over 50 of them from the UK’s research councils).
Including a community of postgraduate researchers which itself exceeds 100 in number, the School has almost 200 active social science researchers.
20 of the School’s academic and research staff are from countries other than the UK, as are over 50 of the School’s postgraduate researchers. Research is currently being undertaken in more than 20 countries of the world.
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. All three subject areas were submitted to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Leading-edge research is being undertaken in:
12 short vignettes of a selection of our school research activity are contained in Research for the real world (PDF: 1.2MB)