Our world-class research has relevance, reach and influence. It provides the knowledge, and drives the actions needed to define the best solutions for environmental challenges in the 21st century.
Our research base covers a wide spectrum, from understanding the patterns and processes underlying physical geography and environmental science through ecology, economics and human geography, to environmental policy. We carry out the fundamental research that allows us to:
- understand the causes and consequences of environmental change
- use this knowledge to develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges
- engage with stakeholders to provide credible, relevant and contextualised knowledge to support sustainable transformations and drive social change.
Environmental sustainability is at the heart of all of our research, matched to commitments around eliminating poverty, and providing equity and justice for all.
We have defined five new challenge areas which form our departmental research groups.
We have strong links with many world-class research institutes including:
Committee memberships and advisory roles
Our researchers influence policy and practice by contributing their expertise to committees and advisory groups, raising the profile of - and finding solutions for - the important environmental challenges facing our world. From air pollution and marine conversation, to climate change and contaminated land, our researchers work from local to global scale with multi-national organisations, charities, and governmental bodies to bring about positive change for the public good.
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