Our work combines remote sensing, fieldwork, and laboratory analysis of samples to study active tectonics, faulting, and earthquakes within the continents. Within the Department of Earth Sciences we collaborate with such diverse fields as continental deformation and geodesy, marine geology and geophysics, palaeoclimate, palaeomagnetism, and seismology.

Our work is relevant to addressing the global challenge of earthquake hazards, and our approach is to combine pure scientific research with application for societal good. Our work is currently supported by research grants from the UK Research Councils, the Leverhulme Trust, and the NATO Science for peace and Security program. Our activities are included within the NERC COMET (Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics).

Currently we have active collaborative field programs that include the Tien Shan of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and the Pamirs of Tajikistan. We have also worked in many other tectonically active parts of the world, including parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. You can find out more detail about these and other projects on our website and blog.