Research Projects

Current Research Projects involving Staff within the School are listed here

A reduced selection can be chosen by using the pull down menus to restrict the choice of projects to those associated with School Research Institutes and/or School Research Groups
Principal Investigator

Prof. Mat Williams

The ATEC project aims to enhance the sustainable and efficient production of two major UK crops – wheat and potato.

The Mobility, Mood and Place research project has been exploring how places can be designed collaboratively to support outdoor activity, health, wellbeing and community engagement as people age.


Micromagnetic Earth Related Robust Interpreted Language Laboratory

MERRILL is an open source 3D micromagnetics software package with a simple scripting user interface that requires little computational knowledge from the user in order to model complex inhomogeous domain structures in magnetic materials. MERRILL uses the finite-element/boundary-element numerical method best suited for modelling irregular grain geometries that are of interest to the rock and paleomagnetic community. It is able to simulate a range of magnetic characteristics of both single grains and small assemblies of interacting grains. The open source nature of the code encourages future development of the model by the scientific community.

Multiphase iron/magnetite 100nm grain, with stray field


Rivers that discharge from mountain ranges support vast populations that depend on annual floods for irrigation and nutrient supply to crops. The largest population of this type is that of the Gangetic Plains where nearly 10% of the world's population depend on waters from the Himalaya. Much of this area is also characterised by extremely low income levels such as in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states in India, and in Nepal.


Earthquakes have resulted in over three-quarters of a million deaths already in this century, and economic losses of more than a quarter of a trillion US dollars since 1980 making them by far the most destructive of the natural hazards. In the absence of an accurate understanding of regions of particularly high earthquake risk, investment in protection against this poorly-constrained, highimpact, low-probability threat, remains a low priority across much of the developing world and death tolls resulting from earthquakes continue to grow. Until proven resilient construction becomes more universally available, high-impact earthquake research must focus on evidence-based, targeted, socially tuned, resilience building; identifying and working in those regions of space and time which will save the maximum number of lives per dollar invested.

Principal Investigator

A Trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe

This European Union Horizon 2020 funded project creates a dynamic new partnership between multinational industries, SMEs, governments, and academia to assess the Atlantic's deep-sea ecosystems and Marine Genetic Resources to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed for sustainable Blue Growth.

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This project conducts interdisciplinary, evidence based research in the challenging context of the urban development of Quibdó, Chocó in the Colombian Pacific region. It aims to make an innovative, conceptual and applied contribution to understanding local practices and intersectoral relations mediated by land use change. The project focuses on research guided suggestions for the improvement of urban governance and regulation of urban space in Quibdó. Furthermore, it will generate impacts academically, contribute to policy-making and regional planning on urban development, and enable creative collaboration with civil society organisations and different levels public administration. The project will stimulate dialogue between academics, policy-makers and social groups, and will address issues of socio-economic development and socio-physical inclusion.

Principal Investigator

ACES is a research project funded by ESPA. It involves scientists and practitioners from Mozambique, the UK, Sweden, Zimbabwe and Brazil. We are working to understand how the livelihoods of rural people in the miombo and mopane woodlands of Mozambique change as the landscape is converted from woodlands to agriculture.

Funder: NERC-Newton (NE/N012267/1)

Our overall aim is to build earthquake resilience in China by improving

  • the assessment of seismic hazard and risk from earthquakes and consequent events and
  • the communication and use of probabilistic information in the development of more proportionate and risk-based strategies for disaster risk reduction.
Principal Investigator

RiftVolc will focus on the volcanoes of the Main Ethiopian Rift in central Ethiopia. The aim is to understand their past behaviour, look for subtle signs of present-day activity and assess the threat posed to the infrastructure and people on and around them. RiftVolc will involve scientists from many disciplines working together to produce an integrated view of the past, present and future of the volcanoes in this region and compare it to other parts of East Africa and volcanoes elsewhere.

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