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Geography & Environmental Studies (UOA14)

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Through the University’s Institute of Science and Environment and Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, our environmental research is grounded in the sciences and social sciences, and applied through community level partnerships and real-world stakeholders, enabling understanding of key global challenges. Our research utilises the unique location of the Ambleside campus in the heart of the English Lake District (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Research Themes

Wildlife Conservation

Landscapes and Ecology

Human-Nature Relations

Cultural Landscapes

Visitor Economy


11% of our research outputs are ‘world leading’ (4*) and 30% are ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

75% of our research impact is ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

12.5% of our research environment is ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

Impact Case Studies

Impact of our research is vital. We want to ensure that our research has significance in the real world, beyond academia, and is of regional and international relevance. The location of the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas in Ambleside offers a unique opportunity to contextualise the rationale for protected landscape designations, and to examine their intended outcomes, governance and conflict, benefits, and environmental accounting. This enables us to work in partnership with the DEFRA family, the Lake District National Park Authority, and other national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, landowners, businesses, schools, and communities.

Two ‘impact case studies’ were submitted to REF2021, with details below. 

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Professor Ian Convery's research on rewilding, reintroductions and public engagement has shaped global policy and local conservation programmes.

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Impact Case Study 1
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Centre National Parks & Protected Areas

An international and national centre of excellence for the trans-disciplinary study of national parks and protected area management - developing sustainable solutions to global challenges. 

The Centre undertakes research into all aspects of National Park and protected area sustainability and leadership and builds on fourteen years of research experience conducting world class research on wildlife conservation around the globe. 

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