Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Combating the greatest challenges facing our world today – climate change, natural disasters, social inequalities, poverty – requires research, technology, and people with the will to make a difference.
For all our tomorrows
You can be one of the people who tackle the most urgent global issues and help shape our future. Whether it's taking one of our degree courses, furthering your skills and experience in one of our postgraduate offerings, or joining our team, you will be part of a Department where the impact of our research feeds back into what we do.
“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight... Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”
Global top 100
We are ranked in the top 100 in the world for Geography and Area Studies and Environmental Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017), with internationally renowned and award-winning academics.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014), we ranked 3rd in the UK for research power in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.
Our strong research environment focuses on key issues in the UK and internationally, from the social and economic impact of developments in the UK, to studies of Brazilian rainforests, Caribbean towns and livelihoods in Africa. We work with business and industry, charities and non-governmental organisations, and link with other departments whose expertise provide a diverse and stimulating research environment.
79% of the research outputs as scored in the world-leading and internationally excellent categories. Our scores for research impact (51% at 4*) and research environment (60% at 4*) were well above the sector average. All impact case studies were ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.
In addition to offering training and support to doctoral researchers, the Graduate School co-ordinates a range of activities which bring students together from across the University. These include the annual Doctoral Research Conference, an event which showcases the variety and excellence of postgraduate research taking place at Reading. The conference features a number of competitions and presentations including the PhD researcher of the year award.
Another event that celebrates academic excellence is the Graduate School's annual public lecture - the Fairbrother Lecture - delivered by a current or recent postgraduate research student. This is a fantastic opportunity for a wider audience to hear about high quality doctoral research taking place at Reading.
The achievements and success of doctoral researchers is regularly promoted through the Graduate School Bulletin and on the Graduate School homepage.