The Department aims to promote teaching and research which engages with the world beyond the University in a variety of ways. We seek to pursue pure research which ultimately makes a difference to the ways people think about the world we live in, and to promote applied research which addresses real and urgent social, political and environmental problems.
The Department's staff are involved in a variety of innovative collaborations with professionals and practitioners, including artists, architects, community groups, designers, farmers, IT specialists, museum curators, planners, surveyors and teachers. The outcome of many of these collaborations is reflected in the Research and Postgraduate pages. Recent examples include collaborative projects with the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the British Geological Survey, Cisco Systems, the Department for International Development, the Museum of London, Grosvenor Properties, the Royal Geographical Society, Street Child Africa and the Groundwork Trust.
The Department has a large number of collaborative doctoral studentships funded by AHRC, ESRC and NERC, and we are interested in developing further funded projects in collaboration with external partners.