Research

We play an internationally leading role in research and academic inquiry at the intersection of geography and planning associated with understanding society, space and place for the development, management and sustainability of cities, regions and rural areas.

Our research activity is very broadly based and draws upon interdisciplinary social science- particularly the linkages between human geography and planning- and has a high impact in shaping relevant policy debates and influencing international agendas.

We have made considerable contributions to UK and international policymaking in terms of regional competitiveness and uneven development. Through an ESRC-funded study, our research has helped to transform the perception, activities and strategies of decision makers through the provision of new concepts, methods and metrics for assessing regional competitiveness. We have also recently helped shape the new Housing (Wales) Act 2014, which received Royal assent and sets improved standards in social housing and preventing homelessness in Wales.

We have a significant number of world-leading human geographers within our School, and are proud to be continuously recognised for our impact in teaching and research on a national and international scope. We been rated in the top 10 of UK planning schools in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 85% of our research assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.