Environment and Society

School of Geography: Environment and Society Research Theme

residents of a refugee camp in Bosnia wait in line

Residents of a refugee camp in Bosnia wait in line for food distributed from Bihać Red Cross, while men wash themselves at the back of a water truck. This camp was situated directly on the location of a former landfill site and surrounded by landmines from the Yugoslav War. Photograph by Dr Thom Davies.

This theme encompasses research that broadly considers environment-society relationships. Much of our work is framed by concepts of the Anthropocene and sustainable development including the social, cultural and political contexts within which environmental issues and governance strategies are embedded.

Reflecting the School of Geography's emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative research, our theme members are drawn from across the discipline and bring together a diverse combination of subject-specific and methodological expertise.

Research areas

Research within the theme is undertaken in a range of geographical contexts and at a variety of scales and can be divided into four broad sub-themes: 



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