Our research 

Research in the School centres around five research themes that cut across traditional discipline boundaries and respond to major research challenges. 

Clouds moving across the sky Environmental Health Sciences

Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution  
Environmental Nanoscience
Meteorology and Climate  
Persistent Organic Pollutants


fossils on the beach Geosystems

Structure and properties of the Earth's subsurface


Society Human Geography

Big Data
Economic Geography
Adapting to Energy and Environmental Uncertainties
Spatial Policy and Governance
Bodies, Landscapes and Materialities
Geopolitics, Transition and the Carceral


Water in Lapland Water Sciences

Hydroecology (Ecohydrology)
River Processes  
Urban Systems
Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management

street in a local neighbourhood Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS)

Strategic spatial planning
Economic development
Urban regeneration and resilience
Place leadership


Together, they embrace a wide range of physical science, biological science, social sciences and humanities, which also link across the College of Life & Environmental Sciences and to other colleges in the University. Other strengths, such as urban research and sustainability, bridge across the five research groupings within the School.


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