Human Geography Research Cluster

Research by the Human Geography Research Cluster (HGRC) focuses on addressing critical 21st century challenges around human communities and their interactions with the environment within an increasingly globalised world.

Stakeholder engagement and 'real world' relevance is critical to this and so we take a highly interdisciplinary and participatory approach, collaborating with a range of research centres, universities, NGOs, communities and institutions worldwide.

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We have rich experience in research that achieves important social impacts and is transformative for participants, communities, practitioner, policymakers, students and a range of other 'publics'. Core members of the cluster lead the Participation Lab, an innovative, interdisciplinary initiative which co-produces knowledge with communities, policy makers and practitioners at local, national and global scales.

The cluster is led by Professor Ruth Evans and is part of the Global Development Research Division.

Current Research Projects

AALERT 4 DM - Art and Artists in Landscape and Environment Research Today for Decision Making, AHRC (Dr Eirini Saratsi)
BBSRC Co-production of healthy, sustainable food systems for disadvantaged communities (Dr Sally Lloyd-Evans)
CeMi: exploring cemeteries and crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe. A study of migrant and minority cultural inclusion, exclusion and integration (Professor Avril Maddrell and Dr Dani House)
Great Places Scheme: Reading Place of Culture (Dr Sally Lloyd-Evans)
Healthier Working Lives and ageing for workers In the care sector: Developing careers, enhancing continuity, promoting wellbeing (HWL), led by Edinburgh University, funded by Innovate UK (Sophie Bowlby, Consultant). 
Opening up Science for All! NERC Engaging Environments (Professor Hilary Geoghegan)
Regional Applicability of Innovative coca crop control policy in the Andes (Dr Thomas Grisaffi)
Rights-based Mapping of Race and Religion Equalities and Discrimination in Statutory Service Provision in Reading (Professor Ruth Evans and Dr Yaw Adjei-Amoako)
Son preference - UK (Dr Sylvie Dubuc)
Study Higher and the Whitley Researchers: Building a Community of Aspiration (Dr Sally Lloyd-Evans)
Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation in Reading (Professor Ruth Evans) 
Transnational Families: Care, Inequalities and Wellbeing in Europe (Professor Ruth Evans)
Whitley Researchers PAR collective, (Dr Sally Lloyd-Evans)



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