Research Groups

Research in the School of Geography and Planning is organised into four research groups:

The Environment Research Group specialises in understanding the manifold challenges that the environmental crisis poses. Members of the environment research group undertake studies with a focus on sustainable production and consumption, systems for urban food and food governance, and they engage with the emerging field of 'more-than-human' and animal geographies.

The Spatial Analysis Research Group undertakes both pure and applied research combining substantive interests in planning and geography with quantitative analytical and computational methods. The group has developed rigorous methodological approaches using computer based and statistical models for spatial and network analysis, visualization, mapping, Geographical Information Systems and data integration. Substantive interests cover socio-economic processes such as population and land use, urban morphology, transport, health, education, as well as housing and local services.

The Spatial Planning and City Environments (SPACE) Research Group is concerned with theorising the nature of planning practice whilst seeking to shape the knowledge and skill that characterise spatial planning and the development of the built environment. Researchers are interested in improving design quality in the built environment and exploring the knowledge and ideas that influence or become planning policies and practice.

The Urban and Regional Governance Research Group specialises in the study of socio-economic change in towns, cities, regions and city-regions, its impacts on different social groups, and different places, and its relationship to policy and planning. It is currently leading major international research in key areas of regional economic development around smart specialisation and economic resilience.