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Research statement

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

The 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) identified our research environment as world class. The Department was awarded the highest grade of 5* in the previous Research Assessment Exercise, and was one of only 4 Departments whose grades were later enhanced to the top rating (referred to as 5** or 6*). We have some of the most modern research facilities of any Department in the country, and have received substantial new investment through SRIF and other HEFCE programmes.

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, Cisco Systems, the Department for International Development, the Museum of London, Grosvenor Properties, the Royal Geographical Society, Street Child Africa and the Groundwork Trust.

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


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