The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology



The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology undertakes research of the highest academic quality. Much of our research is internationally focused, informs public debate and contributes to public policy.

The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology is the hub of social science research at Newcastle University.

We have a thriving community of both staff and student researchers:

Many create global impact through internationally collaborative projects.

The School submits to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for Geography, Politics and Sociology. An example of our international research impact is highlighted as an impact case study on the University research website.

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.


Our research in geography focuses on:

  • quaternary environmental change
  • earth surface processes
  • new economic geographies
  • geographies of social change
  • questions of power, space and politics

Urban and regional development is given particular expression in the world-renowned Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS). GPS also co-owns the Centre of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


Our research in politics focuses on:

  • political philosophy
  • international politics
  • governance and political organisations

The Jean Monnet European centre of Excellence is a university-wide initiative, led by Politics, promoting an understanding of EU institutions and their governance.


Our research in Sociology focuses on:

  • the changing nature of identities in society
  • understanding contemporary social transformations
  • and the sociology of health
  • the life sciences

The Policy Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) research centre focuses on our research in the life sciences. This is a highly successful cross-disciplinary centre based in the University.