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)


Griffiths, H, Tooth, S & Kaless, G 2023, Exploring 'y paith': historical and contemporary perceptions of desert environments in Patagonia, Argentina. in Storied Deserts.
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.
Griffiths, H 2021, 'Cofio llifogydd a sychder yn y Wladfa: Remembering flooding and drought in the Welsh colony of Patagonia', Paper presented at Ailddehnogli'r Wladfa, 20 Sept 2021.
Griffiths, H 2021, 'Engaging new audiences through virtual tours: evaluating the potential of the SeekBeak app', Paper presented at BSG Digital Engagement Knowledge Sharing Workshop, 04 Aug 2021. <https://www.geomorphology.org.uk/digital-resources-series>
More publications on the Research Portal