Research, Enterprise and Public Engagement

Geography at Leicester is home to a vibrant community of researchers, physical and human geographers, and indeed research that straddles both, who are committed to research and teaching excellence that is motivated by discovery and innovation.

In Geography we have two research groups that provide the intellectual space for the research strengths and trajectories of the department and each group is the home of focused research themes.

Research Groups

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Focussed research themes:
  • Environment and Social Justice
  • Everyday Geopolitical Lives
  • Planetary Urban and Rural Transformations

Focused research themes:

  • Forests and Peatlands
  • Environmental Processes and Change
Supported by the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research (CLCR)

Our research in the above feeds through to the wider research themes in the College of Science and Engineering (e.g. Environment, Energy and Climate Change; and, Landscape and Communities) and in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (e.g. the Leicester Migration Network, the Gender, Sexuality & Justice network) and our institution’s commitment to tackling Our Global Challenges.

Our research is global in outlook but also connects to local, regional and national scales through our consultancy and knowledge transfer work.  We are committed to public engagement and the co-production of knowledge, to this end we work with public, private and third sector bodies.

As a department working at the forefront of environmental issues we strongly support the University of Leicester’s environmental sustainability agenda.

Research Units

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The department is also home to the Peter Fisher Laboratory, which is a centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary research at the University of Leicester, focused on the development, use, and critique of Geographic Information Science and geographic Data Science methods. At the center of the department of Geography, the Creative Methods Laboratory is designed for staff members and postgraduate researchers to explore, engage and articulate their suites of critical methods and methodologies and houses an array of specialist equipment to aid this research.
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