The Department of Geography at Royal Holloway is a vibrant hub of elite research and researchers.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) identified our research environment as ‘world class’. Our department achieved the second-highest ranking in the UK. We are defined as ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
The Department is also 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.
Our three Research Groups
This AHRC research project (a collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) explores the movement of objects into and out of the Economic Botany Collection at Kew, established in 1847. Botanical specimens and artefacts made of plant materials were sent to Kew from all over the world, and a large quantity were re-circulated to schools, museums and botanic gardens in the UK and overseas. Our project seeks to map these flows, discovering and forging global connections.
Centre for the GeoHumanities
The Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities is a major initiative linking arts and humanities scholars and practitioners, geographers and the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. It showcases and fosters work with an arts and humanities orientation on issues that have a strong geographical resonance, such as space, place, landscape and environment.