Pathway available at Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth
Human geography is a wide-ranging discipline that explores relationships between people, places and environments, and how these vary between contexts. Human geography is an outward-looking discipline that gives researchers a strong foundation to work on the world’s greatest challenges. There are many approaches, methods, and sub-disciplines within human geography, but they are brought together by a shared focus on core geographical concepts such as space, place, scale, and mobility. These concepts are explored across the full spectrum of methodological approaches, including quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and spatial analysis through cartography and GIS. Many geographers will collect data through conducting fieldwork while others will use more desk-based or theoretical approaches in their research.
Within the SWDTP we have strengths in many areas of human geography. These include environment and sustainability, cultural and historical geographies, global development, urban, political and economic geography. Our human geography colleagues publish their research in leading geographical journals such as Transactions of the IBG, Progress in Human Geography, and Annals of the American Association of Geographers as well as in interdisciplinary journals such as Nature and Environment and Planning; receive funding from national and international funding bodies and lead engaged projects that aim to make a difference in our world.
Studying for a human geography PhD within the SWDTP can give you the skills and knowledge to conduct your own cutting-edge geographical research, work with globally recognised experts, and to better understand our place in this world.