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School of Geography


We seek to be at the forefront of internationally cutting-edge research, helping to tackle major social, political and environmental challenges associated with global change. The School was ranked with the second highest research rating in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise with 70% of the School's research activity judged to be internationally leading or internationally excellent.

Our five Research Clusters

Our staff work internationally including examining major world cities and in some of the remotest places on earth including the Arctic and Antarctic and within the depths of the tropical rainforests. LIVEDIFFERENCE was recently awarded €2.2 million by the European Research Council to research  ‘Living with difference in Europe: making communities out of strangers in an era of super-mobility and super-diversity. The School also hosts a major multimillion pound cross university centre called water@leeds and leads global alliances of forest researcher's in South America (RAINFOR) and in Africa (AfriTRON).

We regularly publish research in the world’s most prestigious journals such as Science and Nature.
A few of our recent publications are listed here [PDF FILE].

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Research Projects

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Research Sub-groups

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Research Clusters

  • Ecology and Global Change
  • Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy
  • River Basin Processes and Management
  • Cities and Social Justice
  • Citizenship and Belonging