Society and Environment

With a strongly interdisciplinary profile, we focus on the critical investigation of global socio-environmental challenges, engaging in cutting-edge research and excellent teaching in human and environmental geography.

Combining empirical and theoretical approaches, we drive research (see our Publications) on socio-environmental topics including: the Anthropocene, sustainable agriculture and food security, climate change, energy, environmental justice, international development, natural resource management and forestry, and urbanization.

Our group has a strong profile in human, environmental and political geography, political ecology, development studies, and Science and Technology Studies. We collaborate frequently with other research areas within the Lancaster Environment Centre and across departments at Lancaster University (e.g. Sociology, Engineering, Health & Medicine), as well as international partnerships (e.g. in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia).

Thanks to our interdisciplinary strengths and broad spectrum of critical research topics, the Society and Environment group offers courses at undergraduate (Geography) and postgraduate level (including Masters courses in environment and development, culture, energy, innovation & industry, food security), which include interactive and hands-on methods including research-led modules and international field courses. Our friendly, international and research-oriented staff profile provides an inspiring and supportive environment for a number of PhD students that explore social and environmental challenges in regions including Africa, the Americas, Australia, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

For further information, contact Dr Saskia Vermeylen