Think Differently

When you arrive at the Graduate School, you will be surrounded by researchers from across the natural and social sciences all contributing to a culture that cuts across traditional disciplines to deliver new and effective solutions.

The Graduate School for the Environment is deliberately organised to be a melting pot of ideas, interests and methodologies. Anthropologists mix with environmental chemists. Ecologists rub shoulders with geologists. Hydrologists swap ideas with social scientists.

As one of our students, you will find yourself working as part of one of these focused research groups and you will be challenged to consider the value of your training or research within a wider multi-disciplinary team. Right from the start, you will learn to think differently, bouncing ideas off your colleagues, picking up new techniques, exploring unexpected avenues and setting new goals.

It’s an exciting way to conduct research, and it’s a great preparation for the world of work, where the ability to apply your expertise in close cooperation with colleagues from different disciplines is extremely valuable.

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution

Our research addresses the sources, transformation, trends and fate of chemicals in the environment with a focus on atmospheric composition, air quality and climate. We use laboratory, field and modelling methods to investigate the processes governing the distribution and impacts of pollutants on local, regional and global scales, providing the scientific understanding to underpin environmental policy decisions.

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Critical Geographies

Our research focuses on a variety of critical geographies that are vital to sustainability, social and environmental justice and our collective futures.  These include geographies of migration, energy, water, food, climate change, infrastructure, the Anthropocene and the subterranean.

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Earth Science

The Earth Science research activities span four main areas of expertise: Volcanology and Hazards, Contemporary Environmental Processes, Sub-surface Fluids, and Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoenvironments. 

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Ecology and Conservation

Our research uses molecular, behavioural and ecological techniques to understand how ecosystems function, how they respond to global change, and how they can be managed to enhance biodiversity and its associated services.

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Environmental and Biogeo Chemistry

We work across contemporary and palaeo timeframes, within the terrestrial, aquatic and deep Earth environments.  Our analytical strengths span inorganic chemistry, stable and radioactive isotopes, noble gases, and trace organic analysis. 

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Geospatial Data Science

We are undertaking research to develop innovative spatial techniques in order to increase our understanding of a wide range of environmental and socio-ecological systems.

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Plant and Crop Science

We work from the molecular to the crop scale with researchers and end-users of research, in both the natural (e.g. plant and soil ecology) and social sciences. Our particular strength is applying our research to provide solutions to real-world problems, particularly in relation to Agri-Food Challenges.

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Political Ecology

We understand political ecology to coalesce around critiques of the relationship between culture, politics and nature. We have a dynamic, diverse and interdisciplinary research group work nationally and internationally with a host of academic, government, and civil society and private sector partners.

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Soil, Plant and Land Systems

Pure, strategic and applied research to develop scientific tools and techniques to solve problems related to soil, land and water management. Our approach to finding solutions is highly interdisciplinary and delivered through shared catchment platforms, modelling and uncertainty analysis.

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Water Science

Pure, strategic and applied research to develop scientific tools and techniques to solve problems related to soil, land and water management. Our approach to finding solutions is highly interdisciplinary and delivered through shared catchment platforms, modelling and uncertainty analysis.

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