School of Geography


The School of Geography is committed to high-quality research and knowledge transfer and we have a strong culture of interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

This plays a leading role in generating high-impact research which informs government public policy, private enterprise and third sector organisations, as well as inter-government organisations at the local, national and international levels.

Our research community is organised into four research themes that reflect and shape research strategy across the University's campuses in Nottingham, China and Malaysia.

We pride ourselves on a strong collegiate research culture which is fully committed to excellence and knowledge sharing. We work in close collaboration with leading organisations in the private and public sectors, ensuring our research is not only relevant, but has important and beneficial applications and impacts for society as a whole.

Professor Andrew Leyshon, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange)

REF results

In the latest Research Excellence Framework 75% of our research output was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

School research themes

Our postgraduate research programme

Integrated Flood Risk Management

Research impact

Informing national and international policy on Integrated Flood Risk Management

Colin Thorne's research for the Flood Foresight project changed UK policy towards sustainable Integrated Flood Risk Management, as implemented by the Floods and Water Management Act.

Read more about this research.

Cordelia FreemanInspiring people

Cordelia Freeman

Cordelia Freeman is a teaching associate in the School of Geography. She teaches on a number of modules including Geographies of Violence at undergraduate level, and Approaches to Landscape at masters level.

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Recent research grants

A selection of grants recently awarded to the school:

  • Doreen Boyd, 2018. Peatland Assessment in SE Asia with Satellite (PASSES). UK Space Agency, International Partnership Programme. £150,611.
  • Simon Gosling, 2017. Knowledge transfer package for PESETA IV project. European Commission. £102,219.
  • Suzanne McGowan, 2017. Assessing recent human impacts on the Red River Delta, Vietnam to enable sustainable management. RCUK, Newton Fund UK-Indonesia-Malaysia-Phillipines-Thailand Small Scale Research Partnerships. £368,537.
  • Susanne Seymour, 2016. Practising reparative histories in rural heritage sites. AHRC, Follow-on Fund Highlight notice, Impact and Commercialisation. £72,512.
  • Charles Watkins, 2016. Topographical art and landscape history. Leverhulme Trust. £141,462.

Research events

A Palaeoecological history of climate and fire impacts on terrestrial-aquatic ecosystems in Tasmania, Australia

16 January 2019 (13:00-14:00)
A40, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
Geosciences research seminar by Kirsten Beck, University of Lincoln.

The financial frontier: performing agricultural credit markets in Ukraine through cash flow based lending

16 January 2019 (16:00-17:00)
A40, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
Economic Worlds research seminar by Alistair Grey, University of Nottingham.


School of Geography

Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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