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Our Research

Our research is of the highest academic quality. It is internationally focused, informs public debate, and contributes to public policy.

World-leading research

We're a world-leading centre of interdisciplinary research, impact, engagement, networking and capacity-building. Our strategic research agenda seeks to advance world-leading research and scholarship through productive mutual engagement with diverse stakeholders, to create new knowledge that has societal benefits. This ambition sits at the heart of the GPS School Research Strategy and Impact Manifesto, which are closely aligned with Newcastle University’s renewed Vision and Strategy (2019) ‘to nurture excellent research that expands fundamental knowledge and addresses societal and global needs’.

We bring together a diverse community of academic experts whose advancement of innovative interdisciplinary ideas builds research partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders. The School also houses two internationally renowned research centres: the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and Policy Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS).

Our School also provides leadership through Newcastle University wide interdisciplinary research initiatives, including: the Spatial Analytics and Modelling (SAM) Lab, Newcastle University Research Excellence Academy, Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) Research Fellowship Scheme, Institute of Social Sciences, and has co-led the establishment of four interdisciplinary Newcastle University Centres of Research Excellence (in Data, Energy, Cities, Climate & Environmental Resilience). 

Find out more about our School’s world-leading research in: Geography REF2021 submission.  Politics REF2021 submission. Sociology REF2021 submission.

Social and environmental engagement

Our interdisciplinary school research is concerned with societal and environmental engagement and creating impact on the real world. We do this through the use of innovative and creative methods of co-production with a range of partners and stakeholders.