The School of Planning and Geography is a major international centre for research in the areas of planning, human geography and spatial policy. Its mission is to play an internationally leading role in research and academic inquiry associated with the development, management and sustainability of cities, regions and rural spaces.

The School’s research activity is very broadly based and draws upon interdisciplinary social science, and particularly the linkages between planning and human geography and relevant policy debates.

The School contains a significant number of world-leading human geographers, and has been consistently rated the top planning school in the UK in terms of its research environment and number of world leading researchers (Topping the RAE league).

The School is also defined by its commitment to engage with the wide range of actors involved in the planning, governance and development of cities, regions and rural spaces. Our Innovation and Engagement Unit plays a key role in this through its timetable of high profile research seminars and public lectures.