The School is engaged in applied research, which is both policy relevant and has impact on policy and practice in public, private and third-sector organisations at different scales and across diverse geographies. Members of staff are regularly engaged in outreach and knowledge exchange activities beyond the University, including disseminating their research within the mainstream and trade press.
In the last Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), the School was ranked 1st in the UK for impact case studies by the Panel for Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology. You can read the School’s submitted case studies on the REF 2014 website:
- The construction and adoption of data zones as a new geography of Scotland
- Changing the way government identifies small areas of need and distributes funding in the UK and beyond
- Establishing a blueprint for administrative data based longitudinal studies in the UK
Research Impact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
In the School of Geography and Sustainable Development we are committed to research that is not only academically excellent but that has significant tangible benefits beyond academia.
For example our research is connecting directly to many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This work includes impactful research into the emerging implications of the covid-19 pandemic, the economic and cultural value of tropical peatlands and livelihood implications of changing weather systems.