Our staff have expertise in nature-society relations, resilience, environmental politics, urban/regional planning, development and governance.
Our research was highly rated in the 2014 REF exercise and addresses various themes based on empirical and conceptual studies conducted in a multitude of geographical locations, including the European Alps, Australia, the UK, British overseas territories and south/south-east Asia. Research in the group is both multi- and interdisciplinary and has an explicit focus on the complex interlinkages between environmental problems caused by human actions, development challenges in both the developed and developing world, and issues surrounding governance structures at various scales and in different geographical settings.
Through our focus on interdisciplinary and spatially-informed approaches to produce cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research, we have strong links with several universities in the UK and with many international institutions in countries including Austria, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, the USA and Australia. Many of our members have received grants from ESRC, NERC, AHRC, the European Commission, the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation and from other national and international research funders.