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Research

Research within the School of Environment and Technology draws upon the subject disciplines of archaeology, built environment, civil engineering, environmental science, human and physical geography, and geology, to generate new knowledge in the physical, environmental and social sciences. Our research is diverse, but its common aim is to address key environmental, social and resource issues, and deliver translational research with local, regional and international benefit. Research in the School is organised into 5 linked and multi-disciplinary themes:

The School also hosts the University’s Aquatic Research Centre, which draws together research in freshwater and marine environments and over £1 million in analytical infrastructure, and research and analytical hubs in Critical Metals and Smart Nanomaterials.

Our staff lead a range of major national and international research programmes across our research themes, and supervise over 50 PhD studentships, across topics ranging from disability aesthetics to the application of nanotechnology in building materials. We continue to invest in our research themes and our staff to expand the impact and reach of our research, working in collaboration with industrial, charity, regulator, government, NGO and community partners in the UK and internationally.

Find out about our
Doctoral College studentships

Bank erosion in Bangladesh

Bank erosion in Bangladesh


Cane harvesting

Cane harvesting in Indonesia


Civil engineering

UK construction project management