Dr Hywel Griffiths

BSc MSc PhD (Cymru)

Dr Hywel Griffiths

Senior Lecturer

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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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


Knickpoint evolution in a supraglacial streamKamintzis, J. E., Irvine-Fynn, T., Holt, T., Jones, J. P. P., Tooth, S., Griffiths, H. & Hubbard, B., 2018 , In : Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography.101, 2, p. 118-13517 p.
Incorporating sedimentological data in UK flood frequency estimationLongfield, S., Faulkner, D., Kjeldsen, T., Macklin, M., Jones, A., Foulds, S., Brewer, P. & Griffiths, H., 2018 , In : Journal of Flood Risk Management.19 p., e12449.
Three poems on flood histories in rural IrelandGriffiths, H., 2018 , In : Cultural Geographies.25, 2, p. 369-3746 p.
Acknowledging the work of poetry: a collaborative commentary on Tim Cresswell’s FenceRose, M., Cooper, D. & Griffiths, H., 2018 , In : Cultural Geographies.25, 1, p. 257-262
‘May God place a bridge over the River Tywi’: interrogating flood perceptions and memories in Welsh medieval poetryGriffiths, H., Salisbury, E. & Tooth, S., 2017 , Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather : A Historical Geography Perspective. Endfield, G. & Veale, L. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 93-111 (Routledge Research in Historical Geography).
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