Postgraduate taught 

Human Geography: Spaces, Politics, Ecologies MRes

Research environment

Research environment

  • The Human Geography Research Group (HGRG) is an expanding community of academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students, with a well-established reputation for geographical research that is theoretically innovative, politically engaged, empirically diverse, and inclusive of a broad range of communities and partnerships.

There are four main threads running through HGRG research:

  • Knowing, Creativity and Experiment
  • Subaltern Globalisations
  • Exploring Vital Geographies
  • Stressed Environments and Communities
  • Collectively, HGRG researchers have sought to explore the workings of power in its myriad forms and the different places through which it flows. We engage with differing critical theories of feminism, postcolonialism, posthumanism, post-structuralism, political economy and historiography, enabling work that asks significant questions about the configuration of contemporary geographies, or that shapes knowledge of past communities and environments.
  • The HGRG is committed to engaging with local communities and broader publics, and to forging transnational solidarities between the Global North and South. Our research practice, whether operating through sustained fieldwork or deskwork, enables progressive forms of activism and intervention in daily struggles and public campaigns. Our critical analysis is designed to speak back constructively to user-groups, and differing policy fields (urban, alternative economic and health). Our commitment to creatively, engaging research takes shape through collaborations with artists, composers, and curators in exhibition settings, public spaces and contested landscapes.
  • This programme constitutes the obligatory element of the Economic & Social Research Council's '1+3' programme and is also recognised by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
  • Our Human Geography Research Group has strong working collaborations with the Glasgow Centre for International Development and the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum & Migration Network (GRAMNET).