Research Groups

Our research groups include a wide range of researchers from the natural and social scientists. They work in multi-disciplinary teams within, across and beyond these groups to help find solutions to the big global environmental challenges.

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution

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Our research addresses the sources, transformation, trends and fate of chemicals in the environment with a focus on atmospheric composition, air quality and climate.

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Critical Geographies

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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

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The Earth Science Group 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

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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 Biogeochemistry

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

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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.

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Soil, Plant and Land Systems

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.

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Water Science

We undertake pure and applied research to help improve our understanding of processes that control the movement, availability and quality of water, and the modelling of their influence on other environmental systems.

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Pentland Centre

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The vision of the Pentland Centre is to create a world-class hub for transdisciplinary research on sustainability. The Centre will explore macro trends, particularly in environmental sustainability, ethical trade, human rights, and how business can be a force for good.

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Centre for Global Ecoinnovation

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Delivering positive environmental impacts through new products, processes and services for the global marketplace.

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