School of Geography


The School of Geography is committed to high-quality research and knowledge transfer and we have a strong culture of interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

This plays a leading role in generating high-impact research which informs government public policy, private enterprise and third sector organisations, as well as inter-government organisations at the local, national and international levels.

Our research community is organised into four research themes that reflect and shape research strategy across the University's campuses in Nottingham, China and Malaysia.

"We pride ourselves on a strong collegiate research culture which is fully committed to excellence and knowledge sharing. We work in close collaboration with leading organisations in the private and public sectors, ensuring our research is not only relevant, but has important and beneficial applications and impacts for society as a whole."

Professor Matthew Smallman-Raynor
Head of School and Professor of Analytical Geography

REF results

In the latest Research Excellence Framework 75% of our research output was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

School research themes

Our postgraduate research programme


Research impact

Informing national and international policy: Colin Thorne's research for the Flood Foresight project changed UK policy towards sustainable Integrated Flood Risk Management.

David Beckingham

Inspiring people

David Beckingham is Associate Professor in Cultural and Historical Geography in the School of Geography, and book review editor for Social History of Alcohol and Drugs.


Recent research grants

A selection of grants recently awarded to the school:

  • Doreen Boyd, 2018. Peatland Assessment in SE Asia with Satellite (PASSES). UK Space Agency, International Partnership Programme. £150,611.
  • Simon Gosling, 2017. Knowledge transfer package for PESETA IV project. European Commission. £102,219.
  • Suzanne McGowan, 2017. Assessing recent human impacts on the Red River Delta, Vietnam to enable sustainable management. RCUK, Newton Fund UK-Indonesia-Malaysia-Phillipines-Thailand Small Scale Research Partnerships. £368,537.
  • Susanne Seymour, 2016. Practising reparative histories in rural heritage sites. AHRC, Follow-on Fund Highlight notice, Impact and Commercialisation. £72,512.
  • Charles Watkins, 2016. Topographical art and landscape history. Leverhulme Trust. £141,462.

Research events

Peatlands and society in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

23 October 2019 (13:00-14:00)
A39, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
With Jack Rieley, University of Nottingham. Part of the Environment and Society Seminar Series.

Using lake sediments  to set conservation targets for three rare birds

30 October 2019 (13:00-14:00)
A39, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
With Viv Jones, University College London.


School of Geography

Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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