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 and three collaborative research hubs 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 Matthew Smallman-Raynor
Head of School and Professor of Analytical Geography

REF results

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

Research themes

Research hubs

Our postgraduate research programme


Research impact

A river runs through it: Professor Colin Thorne composed a scientific research programme to build the evidence base necessary to inform a court on cartographic, fluvial and environmental issues.

Stephanie Coen

Inspiring people

Stephanie Coen is an Assistant Professor and critical health geographer with an overarching concern for how everyday social and material contexts matter for health and health equity.


Recent research grants

A selection of grants recently awarded to the school:

  • Virginia Panizzo, UKIERI-DST Partnership Development Workshop. British Council, UKIERI-DST Partnership Development Workshops 2019-20, £16,353
  • Doreen Boyd, Role Of Data Science/AI For Combating Modern Slavery And Other Exploitative Organised Crimes. Alan Turing Institute, EPSRC Scheme, £49,070
  • Giles Foody, Sargassum beaching on the Caribbean Coast, Mexico by Earth Observation. UK Space Agency, International Partnerships Programme: Call 3, £314,492
  • Thom Davies (Co-I - led by Exeter), Waste management during the covid-19 outbreak: investigating a critical sector in crisis'. UKRI, Ideas that address COVID-19, £44,950
  • Sabina Lawreniuk (Co-I - bid led by RHUL), Social Protection And The Gendered Impacts Of COVID-19 In Cambodia: Longitudinal Research To ‘Build Back Better’ In The Global Garment Industry. GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19, £38,833.11
  • Stephen Legg, Mapping a Pre-Partition City: the Communal Geographies of Late- Colonial Delhi. Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) Mid Career Fellowship, £57,242

Research events

Events for the new academic year will be advertised here shortly.

Please contact for the link to each event.



School of Geography

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University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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