The core scientific objective that underpins our research in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is to develop understanding of the natural and social environments of Planet Earth, the processes that shape them, and the challenges and processes that result from social and environmental change. We are a transdisciplinary institute, encompassing perspectives and methods from the sciences, social sciences and humanities, focused primarily on the discipline of Geography and its interface with the Earth Sciences, but engaging with, drawing from, and contributing to, cognate disciplines from Archaeology to Physics to Sociology.

Research Clusters

In addition to the research priorities outlined by research group above, there are a number of areas in which research activity and interests in DGES cuts across the different research groups. So as to recognise and support these areas of synergy, a number of cross-cutting research clusters has been established, with a self-selecting membership drawn from across the research groups in DGES and potentially also from colleagues in other departments in AU.

These research clusters are have multiple purposes: (i) to create arenas for discussion, cooperation and collaboration between researchers in DGES working on similar themes in different areas of the discipline; (ii) to promote work in DGES around key themes and position DGES at the centre of emerging research agendas in these areas; (iii) to identify opportunities from funding programmes in these areas and to develop collaborative proposals if appropriate.

Physical and Social Sciences and Humanities