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Our research

Our research

Geography at the University of Exeter is one of the UK's largest and most dynamic departments. With a base on the University's campuses in both Exeter and Cornwall, we are recognised worldwide for the excellence of our research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the latest assessment of the research quality of universities in the UK, we rank 7th for research1 and 3rd for research power2 in Geography and Environmental Studies, and 4th for research in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences2. Over 80% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent3.

Our lively and modern environment encourages fundamental and applied research which influences the very latest studies, understanding and advances in both human and physical geography and environmental studies. We are committed to continuing to pursue world class research across the Geography discipline and to providing outstanding research-informed teaching.

Our world-leading research spans the breadth of geography, addressing key global issues and shaping the future. It is organised around 6 groups, which are the cornerstone of our research culture. These groups act as hubs of activity by focusing and coordinating research activity, and by encouraging collaboration within and beyond the discipline.

Based on intensity-adjusted Grade Point Average
2 Times Higher Education research power ranking
3 Based on a weighted average of research in Geography and Environmental Studies, and Earth Systems and Environmental Science, classified as 4* and 3*