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The Department of Geography & Sustainable Development at St Andrews conducts international, agenda-setting research within three broadly focused research groupings: Environmental Change; Environment and Society; and Population, Health and Welfare.

In the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise, the School emerged as the top performer in Scotland, outranking all other Scottish Geography departments. As much as 20% of our submitted research outputs were judged to be 'world leading', 40% 'internationally excellent' and a further 35% 'internationally recognised' - the highest three categories of assessment. We were also one of a very select group to submit all our academic staff in post for assessment.

Our achievements reflect the success of a carefully-articulated strategy of appointing outstanding researchers at both junior and senior levels; high levels of external research funding; the development of, and participation in, major research centres and institutes in Human Geography; and the establishment of the Facility for Earth and Environmental Analysis to provide support for research in Physical Geography.

The vibrant research culture within the school is also reflected in our extensive programme of external events including colloquia, seminars, and conferences, in addition to the regular informal meetings organised by the research groups, centres and institutes.

For more information please visit the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development home page.

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