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Our impact

The range and scale of impact delivered through the Department of Geography matches our recognised research excellence, touching the intimate and everyday, alongside the strategic and global. Impact on non-academic communities is built into the design of individual research projects. We welcome collaboration with industry, government and civil society – both internationally and within the UK (particularly London). 

More than this, impact arises from our research culture and our service to society. Long-standing relationships between key individuals and communities lie at the heart of our efforts – where academic work can hold itself as a critical friend to existing actors, including those with marginal voices.

It is in these relationships, new as well as established, that research priorities are formulated, methodologies developed and findings disseminated so that our research is inherently and instrumentally coproduced.

Key partners in building impact

  • International civil society, especially developmental and environmental non-governmental organisations and the United Nations family.
  • The European Union and its component agencies.
  • National government departments and agencies, including those from overseas governments.
  • Local actors, including community groups, local government and business.

Managing impact and outreach

Impact and outreach are the responsibilities of individual researchers and articulated through individual projects. Support for building new relationships between academics and research users is provided by the Department Research Committee and through our research groups, as well as associated networks.

Collaboration also reaches into our teaching activity, with research users frequently involved in the co-design of master's as well as PhD research-level projects.

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