Research at Lancaster Environment Centre

Our research groups include a wide range of researchers from natural and social sciences. 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

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

  • 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.

  • Earth Science

    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.

  • 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.

  • Geospatial Data Science

    We are developing innovative spatial techniques to increase our understanding of a wide range of environmental and socio-ecological systems.

  • Political Ecology

    We understand political ecology to coalesce around critiques of the relationship between culture, politics and nature.

  • 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.

  • 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.