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Impact case studies: Geography

Find out how research from the Department of Geography is making an impact on the world.

Helping indigenous communities thrive


Research led by Dr Jay Mistry has been helping indigenous communities in the Guiana Shield region of South America to overcome the challenges they face in surviving and thriving sustainably.

The region is of recognised global significance for carbon storage, fresh water resources and biodiversity.

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Understanding the history of exploration


Professor Felix Driver and his colleagues’ research into the history of exploration has enhanced cultural understanding of exploration and helped develop heritage collections in major institutions such as the Royal Geographical Society.

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Enhancing heritage preservation

Bytham River deposits

The Centre for Quaternary Research at Royal Holloway has researched ancient river systems in England, enhancing heritage preservation in the country’s sand and gravel quarries and identifying economically valuable resources. Their interdisciplinary research is improving understanding of Quaternary environmental change and shaping ongoing heritage policy.

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