Research areas, groups and societies

Geography, Geology and the Environment (GGE)

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. 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 also at the heart of our research agendas.

Our expertise

School Director of Research – Professor Simon Pemberton

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.