Research and Public Engagement

Research in the Geography department is internationally recognized, and our impact is felt at all scales ranging from the local to the global. Each of the Department’s research activities is organized around a single objective: to make a positive influence in order to protect the environment and improve peoples’ lives.


To achieve our objectives the department's  seeks to bridge the divide between ‘pure’ research and that which will make a direct and positive impact to communities and the environments in which they live. Through a range of activities including  research but also consulting and collaborative research-student supervision, Geography at Leicester engages broadly with public, private and third sectors, contributing to policy, strategy and development.

The department also maintains a strong public facing presence through a variety of community and stakeholder engagement activities such as workshops, and exhibitions as well as through social media such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, the department hosts a number of research groups, programs, and units including the Centre for Landscape, and to facilitate our activities, the department is home to a range of specialist Human, Physical and GISc labs.

Examples of our research include contributions to energy and environmental policy; private sector R&D; community heritage, and recognition for the diversity with which people live their lives, both at Leicester and around the world.

Although inherently collaborative, the Department’s research activities are organised around three themes:


Research Facilities

Research Projects

Department Google Scholar citations


New PhD studentship opportunity is now available
Title: Young People’s Use of Digital Technologies During Play

Information: The studentship is available for full-or part-time registration starting October 2014 and and is payable as a full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for three years (full-time) or pro-rata for six years (part-time).
The successful applicant will also receive a research training support grant worth £3,000. More information

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