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Department of Geography and Environmental Science – University of Reading

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  • Understanding flood risks

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

  • Empowering local communities

    Read about how Dr Sally-Lloyd Evans's research is having a positive impact on people's lives

  • 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

Global top 100

We are ranked in the top 100 in the world for Environmental Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020), 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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