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School of Geography: Environment and Society Research Theme

Humans are unique in both their impact on the environment and their understanding of that impact.

Research on topics at the environment-society interface in various geographical contexts and scales, in both developed and developing worlds, can clarify problems and help identify solutions reflecting societal needs and environmental stewardship.

Environment and Society

Research areas

Our research focuses on the following areas with an underpinning context of sustainable development and specifically with contributing to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind:

  • Sustainable Rural Land Management
  • Farming, Food and Forestry
  • Sustainable Urban Land Management
  • The Sustainable Use and Management of Water
  • Health and Environment
  • Risk Based Contaminated Land Management
  • Governance and Politics of Sustainable Food Provisioning

Related research

Leverhulme Sustainable Cities

The ambitious aim of this project is to transform our understanding of how sustainable cities, and by extension our species, can be.

Horizon 2020 INSPIRATION project

The INSPIRATION work programme will derive a Strategic Research Agenda to directly address carbon and resource efficiency societal challenges through understanding the soil-sediment-water system and identifying land use and land management practises that can reduce resource consumption and contribute to climate change adaptation.

EVAL-FARMS: Mitigating the risks of antimicrobial resistance in agricultural waste

(2016-2020) £1.5 million, NERC, BBSRC, MRC, AHRC (Carol Morris Co-I; PI is Dov Stekel, School of Biosciences UoN).

Research agendas for food provisioning: UK framing practices and science-policy interactions

(2012-2017) £134,176, Leverhulme Trust, (Joint PI on project with Susanne Seymour, within the £1.66 million Leverhulme Trust programme Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities).

Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP)

(2014-17), £81,000, DEFRA (Carol Morris Co-I on SIP2 project within £4m SIP programme).


The influence of water source quality, accessibility and reliability on access to drinking-water and livelihoods in the Upper Regions of Ghana

29 May 2019 (16:00-17:00)
A39, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
Environment and Society research seminar with Alfred Dongzagla, University of Nottingham.

Title TBA

12 June 2019 (13:00-14:00)
A42, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
Environment and Society research seminar with Stephen Jones, PhD, University of Nottingham.


School research groups



Environment and Society

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

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