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Department of Geography and Environmental Science – University of Reading

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  • Adapting to climate change

    Professor Nicholas Branch is exploring climate resilience in the Peruvian Andes

  • Understanding flood risks

    Find out about Professor Hannah Cloke's story, and how her research feeds into your degree

  • Hunting resilience in the rainforest

    Professor Frank Mayle's discoveries in the Amazon are raising questions on land use, sustainability and conservation

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.”

Ban Ki-moon – Secretary General of the United Nations, 2006-2016

highly ranked

The University of Reading is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Environmental Studies, and 54th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021), with internationally renowned and award-winning academics.


In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014), we ranked 4th 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 was 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.

^Research Fortnight's Analysis Power Rankings, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014


Athena Swan Silver March 2018

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