UCL Department of Geography


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UCL was the first university in the UK to appoint a Professor of Geography, back in 1833. Today, the Department remains one of the most distinguished in the UK, with a global reputation for research to match.

Research structure

Diagram of UCL Geography research structure

Our mission

Our mission is to produce world-leading research and to translate this into impact in all its forms (scholarly, pedagogical, enterprise, public engagement, policy).

We support a diversity of styles and scales of research, nurturing the very best of individual scholarship, concentrating strategically in areas where we can make a distinctive, significant and conceptually innovative contribution.

The quality of individual researchers in Geography, allied with our institutional strengths, provides an outstanding research environment that is stimulating and inclusive.

Interdisciplinary research

One of the great strengths of UCL is the commitment of the institution to interdisciplinary research. The Department has led several interdisciplinary UCL initiatives, including founding and directing the UCL Environment Institute and the UCL Urban Laboratory.

We are actively involved in a number of wider interdisciplinary research initiatives and networks at UCL. We have strong links with the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Global Governance Institute, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and the Institutes of Sustainable Resources, Risk and Disaster Reduction, Energy, and Global Health.

Research within the Department is organised around seven research clusters, which you can read more about using the links below. In addition the Department hosts specialist research centres and a variety of research projects.

Research clusters

The Past Climates and Environmental Change and Biodiversity research groups are associated with the Environmental Change Research Centre.

Our Culture and Migration research group is linked to the Migration Research Unit (MRU) and the Equiano Centre, which was founded to undertake research on the black presence in Britain.

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