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. 

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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

Sustainable transport

Environmental engineering and geosciences

  • Earth surface processes and development (Dr Lisa Mol)
  • Long-term environmental change and subsurface processes (Dr Peter Rowley)
  • Hydrodynamic modelling of natural and coastal infrastructure schemes (Dr Antonia Chatzirodou)

Planning for sustainable cities

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.

Scholarships and bursaries

At UWE Bristol, we have a range of scholarships and bursaries that are available to postgraduate applicants and new students.

Find out more about the scholarships on offer