Dr Hywel Griffiths

BSc MSc PhD (Cymru)

Dr Hywel Griffiths

Senior Lecturer

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

Contact Details



  • 2009-present: Lecturer in Physical Geography through the medium of Welsh, Aberystwyth University
  • 2008-2009: Welsh medium teaching fellow, Aberystwyth University
  • 2006-2009: Phd, Aberystwyth University
  • 2005: MSc River Basin Dynamics and Management, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • 2004: BSc Physical Geography and Mathematics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Module Coordinator


Group Affiliation

Research Interests

  • Rates, pattens and controls of fluvial processes.
  • The impact of anthropogenic activities on fluvial processes.
  • The impact of Holocene environmental change on fluvial systems.
  • The long term development of the fluvial landscape of Wales.
  • Theoretical geomorphology, especially complexity and self organised criticality.
  • Using historical documentary sources to infer geomorphological and climatic change.
  • Hydropolitics and cultural geographies of rivers.

Current projects

  • PI: Can we harness knowledge of extreme geomorphological events to promote sustainable tourism? (funded by the Joy Welch Trust)
  • PI: Scaling bedrock erosional processes across space and time: from pothole dynamics to gorge development (BSG funded)
  • PI: Remembering a hydrographic society: flooding, drought, adaptation and culture in the Welsh colony of Patagonia, Argentina (funded by the British Academy)
  • Co-I: SusNet Wales (Sustainability Network Wales): A collaborative multidisciplinary platform for inspiration and transformation of the next generation (RCUK funded)

MPhil Supervision

  • Marc Huband (2013)
  • Janet Richardson (2013)

Research Groups


Griffiths, H 2021, 'Tan-y-bwlch' You Are Here. <https://youareheregeography.com/bodies-environment-and-place/tan-y-bwlch/>
Busfield, M, Griffiths, H, Jones, C, Jones, R & Jones, RD 2020, Daearyddiaeth: Astudio a dehongli'r byd a'i bobl. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
Griffiths, H & Tooth, S 2020, 'Remembering and forgetting floods and droughts: Lessons from the Welsh colony in Patagonia', Cultural Geographies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474020963135
Kamintzis, JE, Irvine-Fynn, T, Holt, T, Jones, JPP, Tooth, S, Griffiths, H & Hubbard, B 2019, 'Knickpoint evolution in a supraglacial stream', Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, vol. 101, no. 2, pp. 118-135. https://doi.org/10.1080/04353676.2018.1549945
Rose, M, Cooper, D & Griffiths, H 2018, 'Acknowledging the work of poetry: a collaborative commentary on Tim Cresswell’s Fence', Cultural Geographies, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 257-262. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474017732982
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