The breadth and depth of our research portfolio is a hallmark of Bristol's world-renowned reputation in Geographical Sciences.
The school is continually ranked among the top UK departments of its kind and we attract some of the largest tranches of funding from national and international research councils.
Our thematic priorities are closely aligned with those of the wider scientific community, and our experts are well-placed to help address some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.
How our research rates
We are the only geography department to have been ranked in the top category in every UK national research assessment exercise that has been held.
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Bristol Glaciology Centre
The Bristol Glaciology Centre uses a combination of fieldwork, remote sensing, numerical modelling, experimental and theoretical approaches to investigate the following two principal research themes.
Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment
Our research is centred on understanding the past, present, and future Earth system, with a focus on climate and biogeochemical modelling, and geochemistry.
We apply spatially sensitive theories and methods to the study of economic, social and political phenomena, broadly defined.
Historical and Cultural Research Group
The group has a wide-ranging historical focus from the ancient and medieval periods up to the present day. Geographically, its interests are centred on Britain and Ireland, Europe, and North America. However, concerns with diaspora, travel and exploration mean that studies include considerations of places much further afield.
Our research interests focus on the understanding and modelling of hydrologic and hydraulic problems using advanced numerical methods, remote sensing, laboratory experiments and field measurements.
Personal Finance Research Centre
The Personal Finance Research Centre is an independent research centre that specialises in social research across all areas of personal finance, mainly from the consumer's perspective.
Quantitative Spatial Science
Our group addresses a wide range of social, political, economic, demographic, health and environmental research questions by utilising and developing spatial methods. Our research is theoretically driven and leads to important implications for policy, democracy, social justice, sustainability, and/or human flourishing.