About Us

The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment was formed on 1 August 2017, bringing together the former departments of Geography and Geology.

Teaching and Postgraduate Studies

The School teaches undergraduate degree courses across all areas of Geography and Geology. We offer in-house MSc programmes in GIS and contribute to Masters programmes within the Social Sciences.

We have a thriving cross-disciplinary postgraduate community within the School that is supported by funding schemes including three UK Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships: the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA), the AHRC Midlands3Cities and the ESRC Midlands Graduate School.


Our research examines the complex interactions between anthropogenic climate change and land use, including impacts on the structure and function of forested and peatland environments from boreal regions to tropical forests. Our world-leading work relating to the Anthropocene is acknowledged for catching the global public imagination.

Through our research into the magmatic-geochemical-hydrothermal processes generating mineral deposits we are leading the understanding of processes that govern the concentration of essential 'E-tech' elements, such as Tellurium (Te) and selenium (Se) in the Earth's crust and enabling their recovery with minimal environmental and economic cost.

Our Critical and Creative Geographies group draws together our social science, geohumanities and GIS research uniting critical perspectives with innovative and creative methodologies. Our research themes are Environmental Governance and Social Justice; Planetary Urban and Rural Transformations; and Everyday Geopolitical Lives.

We seek to enhance our understanding of the processes and patterns of the evolution of life, and the interactions between the biosphere and other elements of the Earth system, through world-leading research in palaeobiology, reconstructing past environmental change, and the processes that drive or are affected by change, over a range of spatial and temporal scales.

We investigate the evolution of the Earth’s crust, and its interrelationships with the mantle, exploring the physical properties of the Earth's lithosphere using a range of seismic and electromagnetic techniques. We explore the causes and mechanisms of large volcanic eruptions, explosive, caldera-forming events, and flood basalts and their effects on the environment. We are driving novel research into the kinematics, geometry, and mechanics of fault zones and the quantitative analysis of strength characteristics through time. We are internationally recognised for petrophysics, the measurement and interpretation of the physics and chemistry of rocks and fluids on a variety of scales.

The School hosts groups supporting the international scientific drilling community (International Ocean Discovery Program, IODP,) and the UK seismological community to undertake international projects, SEIS-UK. Through the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, we link to the National Centre for Earth Observation, NCEO. Through the Leicester Urban Observatory we collaborate with urban practitioners at Leicester City Council and academics at other local universities, aiming to establish a combined centre of excellence in urban studies and planning.

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Contact Details

School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
University of Leicester
University Road
T: +44 (0)116 252 3933
E: geography@le.ac.uk
E: geology@le.ac.uk