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 from academia, government, industry and third sector organisations. Members of the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment form the nucleus of the Centre, with researchers from other fields actively involved. The Centre organises an annual lecture and seminar series.

Research themes

Research is organised thematically in three main research groups:

Environmental change

  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Environmental geomorphology
  • Geo-hazards
  • Palaeo-environments

Geodynamics and crustal processes

  • Deep earth processes
  • Magmatic processes
  • Mineralisation processes
  • Tectonic processes

People, place and environment

  • Geographical pedagogy and engagement
  • Lifestyles and livelihoods
  • Population dynamics
  • Resource management and sustainability

Contact us

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

Academic staff