Department of Geography

REF 2014


UoA 17 Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

The REF2014 results have recognised that research in Geography is making world-leading and internationally recognised contributions to a number of important societal issues and academic debates including the nature of past climates; the economic development of the United States; the impact of pollution on heritage buildings; the consequence of lifelong deprivation on physical capability; understanding our social worlds through play; mothers as entrepreneurs and the implications of ethnic diversity for our communities.

The REF2014 results recognise the world-leading excellence of our research and demonstrate that our work is important to the everyday lives of the general public.  This has been showcased through two impact case studies: our work on the Smoking Epidemic in England and Scotland and our unique but user-friendly, free online database – The Vision of Britain (

Eleven of our staff were submitted into REF2014 providing a total of 38 outputs representing work across our three research themes: Environmental Processes and Change; Geographies of Health, Well-being and Lifecourse; and Historical Geography and Spatial Analysis.  Whilst some of this work builds on important research submitted in RAE2008, it has also been broadened and strengthened further by the excellent work of four early career researchers submitted in the REF.  This is a solid indicator of a vibrant future for Geographical research at Portsmouth.

  • Just over 42% of our publications have been classed as internationally excellent or world leading in REF2014, compared to 34% in RAE2008.  Around 90% of our publications are of international quality level.    

  • Our overall research profile has improved since 2008 with our grade point average increasing from 2.2 to 2.37 with 39% of our overall research being recognised as internationally excellent or world leading (compared with 30% in 2008).    

  • In terms of impact, 60% of Geography’s research has been classed as having outstanding or very considerable impacts in terms of its reach and significance.  All of our impact has been recognised as ‘considerable’.