Research in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management
We are committed to providing a stimulating learning environment for students by underpinning our teaching with personal research. Our research activity focuses on strategically important and timely environmental, resource, transport and societal issues. Reflecting its global prominence, the Department of Geography and Environmental Management hosts a number of research centres and groups. Department staff also collaborate with other research centres based in other departments and faculties.
Our research regularly appears in high impact scientific journals, influences practice and policy and wins prestigious awards.
Research centres and groups
Widely recognised by air quality and carbon management practitioners, nationally and internationally, as a leading provider of information, advice, research and consultancy.
The Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (SPE) aims to develop understanding of how to achieve places that are environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically competitive.
Our aim is to improve and promote understanding of the inherent links between lifestyles and personal travel in the context of continuing social and technological change.
The Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (CWCR) brings together established inter-disciplinary teams working on different national and international water security initiatives at UWE Bristol.
Promoting sustainable settlements through research, teaching, consultancy, knowledge exchange and publications. We work closely with external organisations including the WHO European Healthy Cities network.
Postgraduate research opportunities
Key to the development of a new generation of cutting-edge researchers is our PhD student and postgraduate researcher community. More than three dozen strong, they are pursuing research linked to the University’s and the Department’s strategic goals of generating new knowledge about climate adaptation and mitigation in the areas of transport and mobility, air quality and carbon management, water science, management and engineering and civil and environmental engineering.
Examples of PhD topics in recent completions include:
Air quality and carbon management
- Source apportionment of air pollution by citizen behaviour and demographics (Professor Enda Hayes)
- Developing a protocol for the establishment of emissions inventories and modelling of airborne microplastics/microfibres (Dr Ben Williams)
- Systematic evaluation of air and carbon management strategies through the lens of the SDGs (Dr Jo Barnes)
- Investigating the role of local leadership in shaping and delivering just transitions in cities (Dr Laura De Vito)
Sustainable water management
Environmental engineering and geosciences
Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET) studentship opportunities
To view all currently advertised funded or partially funded studentships within the Department and wider Faculty, please view our main studentship opportunities webpages.
Our PhD and postgraduate community
Hear from members of our PhD and postgraduate community.