The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Geography Research

Geography Research

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 more than 100 academics, support staff and postgraduates who generate a vibrant intellectual environment.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Newcastle's geographers improved their national standing from 23rd in 2008 to 10th in 2014 according to HEFCE.

The excellent quality of publications and other research outputs was recognised, with 80% of Newcastle's geography research output graded 4* or 3* ('world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'), ranking us 4th nationally overall for output quality.

The impact of our research was also recognised, with Newcastle ranked equal third nationally. Case studies ranging across a wide topic area, including:

  • the role of Universities in regional growth
  • new ways of benchmarking economic areas
  • standards for the assessment of water quality
  • the impact of people trafficking

were assessed and 70% was found to be 4* - 'world-leading'.

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).

This 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 organised 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. Find out how to apply.