The International Benchmarking Review of UK Physical Geography has been published by the Royal Geography Society. The project, led and lead-authored by Professor David Thomas, provides the first report on the health and influence of UK physical geography.


It analyses documented evidence to describe the nature and demand for physical geography in schools, the shape and size of physical geography in universities, the achievements and global influence of UK physical geography and its academic community, and the aspirations and skillsets offered by the next generation of physical geographers. The report concludes with ten key challenges that need to be addressed to enhance the scientific, academic and public presence, inclusivity, resourcing, autonomy, and global reputation of UK physical geography.

The report was reviewed by an independent panel of eminent overseas experts confirms that "it is beyond doubt that UK physical geography is a leading force worldwide as evidenced by all the metrics discussed in this report".

The 53 page report and its supporting data can be accessed via the Royal Geographical Society website.