School of GeoSciences Research

Accountable geographies

We embrace socially responsible research that addresses critical questions about human agency, social justice, cultural meaning and environmental values.

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While we work in diverse settings around the world, using distinctive quantitative and qualitative methodologies - our work shares a common purpose:

We must be accountable for the geographies we produce and to the communities we collaborate with while also working to explain and improve inequality and injustice - holding others to account when and where they persist.

Did you know?

  • We have conducted ground-breaking research that demonstrates the socio-environmental effects of places producing health inequalities.   For example, that the overprovision of alcohol and tobacco outlets in UK neighbourhoods negatively impacts health outcomes and how the introduction of pricing controls can work as a mitigating government response.
  • We are addressing the ethics, politics and ecologies of our human interaction with 'more than human worlds'.   For example, we are examining contemporary meat cultures in India, the cultural-environmental impacts on agri-food systems on Caribbean food security and sovereignty and the social problems of urban gentrification.
  • We have forged scholarly interactions between geography and multiple disciplines in the humanities.  Through our original studies of cultural landscapes, scientific experimentation, and contested environments, we have developed influential narrative forms of place-writing and life-writing.
  • Guatemalan communities are impacted by civil war as well as volcanic disasters. We have been working to examine the drivers of risk through human rights and decolonial perspectives and highlighted the relationship between community organisations and political skills, and resilience and recovery.
  • Our work is shaping new disciplinary agendas, receiving international awards and nominations for national book prizes.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has required information and analysis at unprecedented speeds. For some emerging questions there has been no existing source of information. SCADR, using its deep understanding of existing administrative data systems, has worked with colleagues across many organisations to identify novel ways of identifying key indicators and societal structures to help address these questions.

Professor Chris DibbenSchool of GeoSciences, Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR)