Research in the School centres around five inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research themes that cut across traditional discipline boundaries and respond to current international research agenda.
Themes, and areas within these are as follows:
Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution | Environmental Nanoscience
Meteorology and Climate | Persistent Organic Pollutants
Palaeobiology | Palaeoclimates | Structure and properties of the Earth's subsurface
Diverse economies and communities | Energy, society and place
Transitions and transformations | Urban resilience
Hydroecology (Ecohydrology) | Hydrogeology | Hydroclimatology | River Processes
Urban Systems | Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management
Strategic spatial planning | Economic development | Urban regeneration and resilience
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.