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Research statement

The Department of Geography at Royal Holloway is a vibrant hub of world class research and researchers.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) identified our research environment as world class. The Department of Geography research achieved the second highest ranking in the UK regarding the percentage of work (86%) identified as 4* and 3* defined as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The Department is the top English university using this measure. The Department is also ranked second in the UK using a grade point average – it was assessed as 3.26 in REF 2014.  100% of our research impact was graded at 4* or 3*, with a remarkable 60% of our impact work graded as ‘world-leading’, demonstrating our contribution to the wider culture, economy and society.  The Department is in the top 5 Geography Departments in the UK for its Impact work, as measured by GPA. We continue to invest in our research facilities and work hard to support and enhance our national and international research and impact-orientated networks.

There is a wide variety of research activity in the Department, involving teams of academic staff, research staff, technical staff, visiting staff and postgraduate research students. The Department also retains a strong commitment to individual research and scholarship. Currently, there are three Research Groupings within the Department which provide a focus for many of our major research and postgraduate programmes.

For further information about our academic staff and research students, including their publications and projects, please visit here.


Research Groups



Consultancy and Collaboration

The Department aims to promote teaching and research which engages with the world beyond the University in a variety of ways. We seek to pursue pure research which ultimately makes a difference to the ways people think about the world we live in, and to promote applied research which addresses real and urgent social, political and environmental problems.

The Department's staff are involved in a variety of innovative collaborations with professionals and practitioners, including artists, architects, community groups, designers, farmers, IT specialists, museum curators, planners, surveyors and teachers. The outcome of many of these collaborations is reflected in the Research and Postgraduate pages.  Recent examples include collaborative projects with the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the British Geological Survey, the Department for International Development, the Museum of London, the Royal Geographical Society, Street Invest.

The Department has a large number of collaborative doctoral studentships funded by AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC and NERC, and we are interested in developing further funded projects in collaboration with external partners.



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