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


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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


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
Longfield, S, Faulkner, D, Kjeldsen, T, Macklin, M, Jones, A, Foulds, S, Brewer, P & Griffiths, H 2018, 'Incorporating sedimentological data in UK flood frequency estimation', Journal of Flood Risk Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12449
Kamintzis, JE, Irvine-Fynn, T, Holt, T, Jones, JPP, Tooth, S, Griffiths, H & Hubbard, B 2018, '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
Griffiths, H 2018, 'Three poems on flood histories in rural Ireland', Cultural Geographies, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 369-374. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474017739025
Jones, C & Griffiths, H 2017, 'Cyflwyniad i brosiect Newid Hinsawdd a Threftadaeth yr Arfordir (CHERISH)', Paper presented at Cynhadledd Wyddonol y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 16 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017.
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