Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Social, Cultural and Historical Geography at Royal Holloway (SCHG) has played a major role in the development of the subject internationally over the last twenty years. The Group has a distinctive record of research in the arts and humanities as well as the social sciences. 


SCHG organizes a lively programme of events, including seminars, workshops and field visits. The Group runs a well-established postgraduate workshop series Landscape Surgery at Royal Holloway’s centre in Bloomsbury.


SCHG has supported influential research projects on place, landscape and mobility, creative and collaborative geographies, transnational material cultures, visual cultures of exploration, print culture and travel, sacred spaces, multi-culturalism and urban modernities.


SCHG is home to a large and intellectually vibrant postgraduate community.  We supervise at any one time around 40 PhD students, many funded by national and international scholarships (a list of recently completed PhD theses can be found here).


The Group runs the successful MA in Cultural Geography (Research). We also welcome visiting students from overseas. Many of our former students are now established academics in Universities all over the world. 


SCHG has developed collaborations with a variety of leading institutions in the UK cultural sector, including the Science Museum, V&A Museum, National Maritime Museum, Museum of London, British Library, British Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the RGS-IBG.


SCHG has pioneered collaborations with creative practitioners, as artists in residence, postgraduate researchers, research fellows and participants in AHRC-funded research projects.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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