Collaborations and partnerships

We are committed to producing outstanding research, and for this reason, we promote opportunities for collaboration at all levels, both within and outside of the department.

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Our staff and postgraduates work closely together to share ideas, and we are regularly involved in multidisciplinary work with colleagues from across the University. Working collaboratively with governmental agencies, policymakers, think tanks, charities, NGOs and businesses across the globe, we are committed to tackling some of the biggest social and environmental issues and problems.

DEFRA and Food Standards Agency

The department continues to play a key role in shaping UK food policy. Our academics make a significant contribution to the Institute for Sustainable Food and have worked extensively with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Food Standards Agency.

Royal Geographical Society

The department has close ties with the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. Our academics are particularly active in research groups and in publishing and reviewing for the Society's journals. Many of our students are also trained by the RGS to act as ambassadors for the subject in the classroom.

Welsh Government

The department is working with the Welsh Government on a number of small area estimation research projects. This will provide the Welsh Government policymakers and analysts with information that is both more spatially detailed and cost-effective than would otherwise be possible.

Fabian Commission

The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty brings experts and those experiencing poverty together, to look at the roles of government, civil society and the food industry in increasing the availability and accessibility of sustainable, nutritious food.

The department has recently been working with the Commisison to host events and contribute our expertise in the co-production of knowledge surrounding food security and justice.

Museums Sheffield

The department has been awarded a grant from the AHRC to work with Museums Sheffield. This project, involving a doctoral student, will explore how museums can be reshaped as ‘centres of curiosity and innovation.’ The project involves close collaboration with the School of Architecture.

Department for International Development, OXFAM, Amnesty, WHO, UNICEF, UN-REDD

We are part of a global network of development practitioners, as demonstrated by our Geographies of the Global South research group and the department's extensive contributions to the Sheffield Institute for International Development.

Our work contributes to and leads debates in areas of sustainable development, citizenship and democratisation, natural resource politics, and the human dimensions of environmental change.

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Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

The results demonstrate our research and impact excellence across a broad range of disciplines and confirm that our research is having a significant positive impact on lives across the globe.