School of Geography and the Environment

Research in the School of Geography and the Environment grapples with a range of issues associated with peace, war and security, with a particular focus on questions of space and place, and the challenges of water and food security. A number of political geographers in the School work, in different ways, on the spatial articulations of war and peace.

Patricia Daley’s research focuses on the multi-scalar dimensions of war, genocide and peace in East and Central Africa, addressing how militarism, masculinity, and gender intersect in the production of political violence and displacement.

Fiona McConnell is one of a group of scholars who has developed a research agenda around geographies of peace. This work showcases geographical approaches to questions of peace, including foregrounding situated and contingent relations of peace and exploring the power relations which underpin questions of who peace is for.

Meanwhile Ian Klinke's work addresses questions of war and peace through the lenses of the tradition of German geopolitical thought, the material landscapes of the Cold War and the geographies of European (dis)union.

Pioneering research in food security and water security is being undertaken in the Environmental Change Institute and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.  This includes work on how food systems be better managed to improve food security, research that addresses the risks of water insecurity at river basin to global scales and ‘REACH’, a global programme of research to improve water security for the poor by delivering world-class science that transforms policy and practice.


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