Earth, Environmental and Social Sciences

The earth, environmental and social sciences research theme grew out of recognition of existing research strengths in earth and environmental sciences, and the potential to develop new areas of interdisciplinary research across the University.

This acts as a hub for researchers across the spectrum of geographical, earth and environmental sciences working in the UK and overseas. The projects undertaken by the Centre often involve collaborations with researchers and stakeholders from academia, government, industry and third sector organisations. Members of the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment form the nucleus of the Centre, with researchers from other fields actively involved.

Research themes

Research is organised thematically into two main research groups:

Environmental change

  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Anthropogenic climate change
  • Geomorphology and geo-hazards
  • Soil and water contamination

People, place and environment

  • Health, poverty and welfare
  • Community engagement
  • Urban planning and design
  • Socio-economic assessment

Contact us

For general enquiries, please contact the Theme Leader, Professor Nigel Walford.

Academic staff