We offer MPhil and PhD supervision across a wide range of human and physical geography topics. Our research engages with applied issues and public policy concerns, as well as more abstract cultural and theoretical issues.
We were recently ranked within the top 30 geography departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by subject). Almost all our research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
Our staff provide supervision in a range of specialisms. Our research focusses on four research clusters:
Our research strengths in physical geography include:
-Applied geomorphology and natural hazards
We carry out research through active collaboration with colleagues in Newcastle University
and beyond. Our research takes us to a wide variety of environments across the globe, including:
Our research in economic geographies is theoretically-informed and politically-engaged. It covers the production, forms, experiences and impacts of uneven geographies of:
Our location in the north east is a European periphery. Our researchers in this theme explore 'ordinary', diverse and/or marginalised economies and subjectivities. They also scrutinise orthodox socio-economic models and practices in the following contexts:
Power, space, politics
In power, space, politics our research focuses on the expression of political power across space and includes topics around:
-Borders and boundaries
-Militarism and military geographies
-The politics of representation
-Issues of resistance, justice and peace
We conduct research on a range of scales. From the international and national to the individual, with reference to a range of global contexts. Our work is methodologically innovative, drawing on:
This enables us to produce grounded, empirically-informed reflections on the multiple ways in which concepts of power, space and politics intersect.
Geographies of social change
In geographies of social change we explore and extend an applied, critical understanding of cities and urbanism. Ideas that run through our research include:
-Families and households
-Welfare and care
These lead us to connect with issues of:
A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant arts, humanities, science or social science subject such as: geography; planning; urban studies; environmental studies; sociology; politics; history; business studies.