Dr Hywel Griffiths

BSc MSc PhD (Cymru)

Dr Hywel Griffiths


Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

Contact Details



  • 2022-present: Reader in Physical Geography through the medium of Welsh, Aberystwyth University
  • 2015-2022: Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography through the medium of Welsh
  • 2009-2015: Lecturer in Physical Geography through the medium of Welsh
  • 2008-2009: Welsh medium teaching fellow
  • 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


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)


Corns, A, Shaw, R, Shine, L, Henry, S, Pollard, E, Driver, T, Barker, L, Hunt, D, Davies, S, Robson, P, Griffiths, H, Barry, J, Craven, K & Cullen, S 2023, CHERISH: Development of a Toolkit for the 3D Documentation and Analysis of the Marine and Coastal Historic Environment. in 3D Imaging of the Environment: Mapping and Monitoring. 1st edn, Taylor & Francis, pp. 138-162. 10.1201/9780429327575-9
Griffiths, H, Tooth, S & Kaless, G 2023, Exploring 'y paith': historical and contemporary perceptions of desert environments in Patagonia, Argentina. in Storied Deserts.
Williams, R, Griffiths, H, Carr, RJ, Hepburn, A, Gibson, M, Williams, J & Irvine-Fynn, T 2022, 'Integrating historical, geomorphological and sedimentological insights to reconstruct past floods: Insights from Kea Point, Mt. Cook Village, Aotearoa New Zealand', Geomorphology, vol. 398, 108028. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.108028
Roberts, D, Tooth, S & Griffiths, H 2022, The River and the Rock: river potholes of Wales. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.
Roberts, D, Griffiths, H & Tooth, S 2022, Yr Afon a'r Graig: ceubyllau afonydd Cymru. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.
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