Urban public spaces are at their best when they are democratic, inclusive, and meet the needs of a wide range of people

Field studies

Where are the major festivals located and what are the impacts they create?

Valuing Place: the RSA Heritage Index

What connects people to places? Experience of place is shaped by the physical nature of a place and memories and histories around sites of personal and shared interest

Global goals?

Are you eating, sleeping, drinking and teaching the World Cup? How does our consumption of the global game impact us and others around the world?

Jamaica bound? Marine resources and management at a crossroads in Antigua and Barbuda

Can a Caribbean nation reliant on marine resources develop an economy based on coral reef ecosystems in spite of threats to those resources?

Protecting vulnerable sites from tourism damage

Tourists are increasingly looking beyond the standard destinations and instead are favouring more unusual holiday activities in more distant places

Summary report. Assessing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics

Geography Professor Allan Brimicombe from the University of East London is leading an impact study on behalf of the London Organising Committee of LOCOG and the IOC

The two sides of ecotourism in Borneo

Asia’s largest island, Borneo, is fast becoming a destination of choice for tourists keen to experience unusual wildlife and natural landscapes

Aid and influence

Why is the UK cutting aid to India and what is the connection between international aid and ‘soft power’?

Building a nation: South Sudan one year on

A discussion of the issues facing South Sudan one year after independence, addressing questions nationhood, oil security and development

Celebrating new appropriate technology

The UNICEF 2015 State of the World’s Children Report celebrates the new forms of appropriate technology that are being tried and tested in parts of world where children are most at risk from poverty and inequality

China and North Korea: Regional economic cooperation

China and North Korea share a border. Both governed by socialist politics, they cooperate with one another politically and economically to create an important alliance in Northeast Asia

Chocolate spread over

Through Cadbury we take a look at the issues surrounding the increasingly globalised ownership of big businesses

Factors influencing the success of pastoral farming in developing countries

More recently there has been the recognition of a complex relationship between pastoral farmers in the developing world and the size of their herds

Fast Food Farmers

Investigating the aspect of the ethics of global trade – the treatment of agricultural workers at the other end of our food supply chain

Follow the thing: Papaya

Papaya: an exotic fruit. Grown in Jamaica. Eaten in the UK. However, all is not as it seems. How did that papaya come to your dinner table?

Geography, Power and the Olympics

Geopolitics is defined as the relationship between power and the spaces of the world. At London 2012 there were 204 such spaces – the nations that competed

Inequality and its management

Global inequality is a growing problem with the divide between the world’s economic elite and the world’s poorest people getting ever larger

Kinky boots

Are the survival strategies of manufacturing firms influenced by the cultural and political environments within which they are located?

Measuring international corruption and its impacts

Since 1995, Transparency International, an international non-government organisation, has been monitoring global corporate and political corruption in international development

Surfs up!

Cornwall is experiencing a technological revolution with broadband speeds in many areas among the fastest in the UK

The horsemeat scandal and other food geographies

The recent revelation about horsemeat unknowingly making its way onto British plates has raised questions about where our food comes from and how exactly it reaches us

The Nicaraguan trans-oceanic canal

In a collaboration between the Nicaraguan government and Chinese industry, a new 300km canal is set to be dug linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

A bad month for hazards

May 2008 has brought a cluster of major hazard events: a volcano in Chile, the cyclone in Burma and earthquakes in China

Brought down to earth

The economic impact of Iceland’s volcano on Kenya’s gourmet-veg and cut-flower industry

Comparing Avalanches in the Alps and Afghanistan

Intense periods of snow fall in two regions of the world caused a series of deadly avalanches in early 2015

Hampstead Heath Ponds

The Hampstead Heath Ponds Project is designed to make the Heath and the surrounding residential areas less prone to flooding

Human triggered avalanches in the Carpathian Mountains, Romania

The frequency with which dangerous avalanches occur in the Carpathian mountains is comparable with the rest of Europe and North America, yet observations of their causes in this region are relatively understudied

Nepal earthquakes, avalanches and landslides

On the 25 April 2015, Nepal experienced a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, followed by an avalanche on Mount Everest, a second, 7.4 magnitude earthquake on the 12 May 2015 in eastern Nepal, and numerous landslides and aftershocks

Responses to natural hazard risks in China

Public awareness of risk and effective behavioural responses are fundamental to successful risk management strategies

Superstorm Sandy: A geographical perspective

When Superstorm Sandy hit coast of the USA it caused disruption that would dominate the headlines for days

The human-induced hazard of Hungary

Not all hazards are natural: a red mudflow from an industrial reservoir devastated parts of Hungary recently, killing nine people

UK water and climate risks

The linked issues of water supply and climate change have been in the news, following the UK’s extreme winter weather of 2013-14.

Weather and Climate resources: Key Stage Five

This section contains a selection of teaching resources that were produced by the Met Office education team for Key Stage Five (ages 16 - 18)

Antarctic Glaciers: Pine Island

In January 2014 new research revealed that Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica was much more susceptible to climate change and ocean variability than previously thought

Can GIS help to conserve fossils on the Jurassic Coast?

How GIS has been used to enable erosion rates to be monitored along this important section of coastline in future years

Coastal erosion: Britain's Atlantis and 1000 years of cliff retreat

Dunwich was once one of the largest towns in England. However, the majority of the former town is now in ruins beneath the sea due to ongoing cliff retreat

Coastal surges and flooding in the UK: a prompt for more sustainable drainage?

In early January 2014, at the same time that North America was experiencing heavy snow storms and sub-zero temperatures, the UK was also facing its own package of extreme weather

Ethiopian dam threatens Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana is currently the world’s largest lake found within a desert region and there are fears for its future as a means of sustaining both local economies and ecology

Sinkholes: A geophysical hazard

At their most mysterious, sinkholes can make it seem like the earth is opening up and swallowing people and their possessions whole

Evaluating hydroponic farming in Japan

Hydroponic farming grows food crops without the use of soil and natural light, instead replacing these conditions with liquid nutrient feed and light emitting diodes in indoor farms

Fracking Blackpool

A quest for new gas reserves made headlines when the drilling operation triggered small earthquakes close to Blackpool in 2011

New resource rush

How are climate change and new ocean laws affecting global patterns of resource ownership?

Nuclear power and energy security

How does Japan’s nuclear disaster interconnect with wider global issues of energy security and environmental sustainability?

The Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam complex in Brazil

A new large scale hydroelectric dam, the Belo Monte, is due to be completed in 2016 on the Xingu River in the state of Pará, Brazil

The four corners of the food crisis

Population growth,rising affluence,energy policy and climate change – these are the “four corners” of the food crisis

Threatened heritage landscapes

Investigating how a range of 21st Century pressures can threaten the conservation of Britain’s historic urban and rural landscapes

Water conservation and behaviour in Australia

Water managers, companies and policy makers have long been concerned with how to balance water supply with water demand

Climate change update

The Copenhagen Conference is underway, but 2009 has already been an eventful year

Seeing the wood for the trees: how will increased atmospheric CO2 affect forests?

CO2 is being pumped into a Staffordshire forests by scientists from the University of Birmingham. Why? To explore the effects of increased greenhouse gas emissions as a result of climate change

Small island developing states and climate change vulnerability

Small island developing states (SIDS) are mainly small isolated islands whose communities are commonly understood to be among the first places that will be very seriously affected by climate change

Thaw point

Is Antarctic ice melting faster? Is the world getting warmer? Is the world changing for the worse? Will we be eating jellyfish and chips?

The climate forecast

Between July 2011 and July 2012, a series of extreme weather events left many people asking: is there a link with climate change? And what progress are we making in tackling climate change?

2011 UK Census

Prompted by rapid population growth, the UK government ordered the first national census to take place in 1801. The UK census counts the total population and records its characteristics, such as age, gender, employment and health. A census has been carried out every 10 years since 1801, except during wartime in 1941

A New Capital for Egypt?

Cairo, the long standing capital city of Egypt is facing an uncertain future as the country’s primary city. Recent proposals have emerged of a whole new, as yet unnamed, capital city being built in the north of the country

A new capital in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh, India is set to get a new state capital; one which planners say will rival some of India’s most industrious and populous cities

Beyond megacities

Introducing metacities, mega-regions, smart cities, instant cities, technoscapes and other new types of settlement growth

Bicester: New Garden City

It has been announced that the small market town of Bicester is to be the next new garden city

Employment and rural Britain

With economic opportunities gravitating towards urban centres, many rural areas have lost out

London Docklands +30

In 2012, Docklands finally overtook the City district to become the highest-ranked employment zone for financial services in London

Net migration news

How are migration trends affecting UK population growth and how has the government responded?

New challenges for migrant communities

The lives of migrants remains a topic of interest for many geographical researchers but few look closely at the new lives that are carved out by those who have been displaced by natural disasters

Poland, pensions and global greying

What is the link between youthful out-migration and Poland’s current pension crisis?

Regeneration and exclusion in Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana, the new capital in Kazakhstan, represents more than just a new start; for architects and planners it became a means of symbolising the country’s movement away from centralised Soviet control

Rocking all over the world

How is migration away from Poland impacting on its music scene and the nation’s economy?

Rural migration - Why do the British move to French idylls?

Around 200,000 Britons live in France. A considerable number of these live in rural areas and it is estimated that Britons own 3% of the French countryside (including vineyards, farms and forests)

Natural disasters and conflict

Hard-to-tackle geographical challenges continue to hinder the development of some of the world’s very poorest countries

Rosedene raspberries and Tesco's fictitious farms

In the spring of 2016 Tesco launched a line of meat and fresh produce under a series of farm names which replaced their Everyday Value 'basics' range. However the produce was found to come from manufacturers with no relation to the names on the packaging of the final product

Should I stay or should I go?

Can a trip to the remote wilderness of Antarctica be sustainable? Why is Antarctica such a desirable holiday location and what risks do these ventures bring?

The impact of the Chinese overseas property market

Thirty five million of China’s wealthiest people have stated that they would like to emigrate overseas in the near future and if and when they do, they are likely to bring with them substantial investment into local economies

Two speed Britain

Is the "north-south" divide intensifying and are local scale inequalities increasing?

Hazardous Holidays: Earthquake in Kos

On Friday 21 July 2017, an earthquake hit just off the coast of the Greek Island of Kos, and Turkish city of Bodrum in the Aegean Sea

Why did the Azure Window collapse and how can we preserve coastal heritage?

The Azure window, known as Tieqa tad-Dwerja on Gozo Island, collapsed into the sea during a storm in March 2017

Exploring Everest

Tales of exploration usually involve courageous explorers, but what of those people who supported them?

The Upside Down Forest

Although it may often be only a few centimetres in depth, soil is one of the most essential resources on earth

Weather and climate resources: Key Stage Three

This section contains a selection of teaching resources and case studies that were produced by the Met Office education team for Key Stage Three (ages 11-14)

Weather data

Find out more about weather in the UK and worldwide, plus information and data to supplement your teaching

A Fact-Based World View

How and why the world’s population will stabilise at nine to 10 billion, and the concepts of ‘developed’ and ‘undeveloped’

Why are the worlds big rivers so different?

Big rivers can be found in all of the world’s continents and in every region, across the sub- tropics, high-latitudes and equator

Junkyard planet

The collection of our recycling is only one half of a story which is actually global in scale and represents a multibillion dollar industry worldwide

London versus the rest

London is highly successful as a city and is twenty nine percent more productive than the UK average

Mayhem on the Mekong

The Mekong River is a biodiversity hotspot of global significance, threatened by rapid hydro-power development. Steve explains why preserving the Mekong's annual flooding is integral to the future of the river and its delta

Saving the last cheetahs of Iran

The Asiatic Cheetah, also known as the Iranian Cheetah is one of the most endangered of the world’s big cats

Siberia - its history and its people: Professor Janet Hartley

Despite comprising over three quarters of Russia land mass, Siberia is home to only forty million people, one of the lowest population densities of any region or country in the world

Somalia - The World’s most failed state?: James Fergusson

While for many years it has commonly been seen as the world’s most failed and dangerous state, Somalia is also a country with a strong drive for resurrection throughout the coming years

The Landgrabbers

As the size of the world’s population increases so too does the demand for land on which to house people, grow food and harvest resources which they increasingly demand

Afghanistan - Moving stories

Afghanistan has a rich and complex history, a diverse cultural heritage, but has been and continues to be the centre of political, social and economic struggles

Journeys - Caribbean stories

This theme explores the history of the Caribbean in the 1900s through images which illustrate everyday life

Brazil cityscapes - Rio de Janeiro

What images do you have of Brazil? Carnival, football and coffee? Did you know that Brazil is urban, that more than a dozen of its cities have more than a million residents

Passport to the Poles

Passport to the Poles uses the Polar First record-breaking helicopter journey by Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill around the world via the two Polar Regions as a focus for stimulating and engaging educational resources