Research in Geography, Geology and the Environment (GGE)

The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment conducts research embracing four main clusters – Earth Systems, Responsibility and Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Environments and the Education Cluster– that reflect our research strengths in Geography, Geology and the Environment. The emerging field of Sustainability Science, closely aligned to Keele University’s Sustainability research strategy and the high profile United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, is at the heart of our research agendas.

Research in Geography, Geology and the Environment offers a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for research in Human and Physical Geography, Geoscience, Environmental Science and Sustainability.

Our research brings together about 35 academics and contract research staff, a number of established research groups and postgraduate students, working within, and across, three dedicated research themes. All of the staff are active within their discipline, carrying out cutting-edge research in physical and human geography, geology/geoscience, environmental science and sustainability, writing research papers and books, winning contracts for funded work and playing important roles nationally and internationally within their areas of expertise.

Sustainability Science is at the core of our research agendas in Earth Systems, Responsibility and Resilience, and Sustainable Energy and Environments.

In the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), 98% of our research in ‘Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences’ and ‘Social Work and Social Policy’ was rated as internationally recognised, with 57% and 74%, respectively, achieving the top two grades (3* or 4*), denoting internationally excellent.

For general enquiries about our research contact the School Director of Research, Dr Ralf Gertisser


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