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History, Geography and Social Sciences

History, Geography and Social Sciences research

The Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences at Edge Hill has a mature and dynamic research culture and a well-established tradition of excellence in research, evidenced in our record of work and publications recognised as of national and international importance.

History research

History at Edge Hill University is an experienced, inclusive and research active team. We publish research not only of national and international importance but also of world leading quality. We collaborate in a range of activities with fellow academics across the world and with partners working in prominent external organisations.

In REF2021, 75% of our work with external partners was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.  We have an excellent record in supporting PhD students through to successful completion and have a thriving postgraduate community which showcases its research in an annual postgraduate conference. We host a range of events and welcome all who share our interests.

If you would like to find out more about our research, please get in touch.

Research centres

Research groups

Research stories

Geography and Geology research

We lead major international projects, such as researching coastal community vulnerability to storms in Thailand (Newton Fund) and we have ongoing research investigating evidence and impacts of hurricanes in the geological past in the Gulf of Mexico. We also have a strong research areas in Hazards with research in Volcanology, Palaeohazards and Disaster Management and Recovery.

Our research activities are aligned with the University’s Institute for Social Responsibility and the Data Science STEM Research Centre.

Research highlights

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Social Sciences research

We are committed to research that seeks to make a difference in the real world and to benefit and voice the needs of some of our most socially and economically marginalised people and communities locally, nationally and internationally.

This ethos and commitment informs and defines our research in a range of policy-orientated and policy-relevant research areas including children and young people, gender and sexuality, conflict and political violence, social science research methodologies and migration, identity and cosmopolitanism.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our research please get in touch with Professor Mark McGovern:

About our research
Our research strategy

Research groups