Geography, Earth and environment at Brighton

Dissertation inspiration

Choosing a topic

Because Geography is a discipline in which almost anything can be studied, just look at the list of fantastic dissertation projects from our BA Geography students in 2020 in this post. But it can also mean choosing a dissertation topic can sometimes feel overwhelming. You might have a clear idea of what topic you want to study, but aren’t sure how to turn that into a research project. Or you might be interested in so many things, it’s hard to narrow them down to just one!

To help you make your decision lecturers across Geography, Environment and Geology run an annual Research Festival for second year students where you can see posters about lecturers’ personal specialties and talk to them about project ideas. They also help point you towards books which will help flesh out your ideas, and the third-year modules which will be most useful.

Writing your dissertation

Once you have chosen a topic, you have constant support in during your second year via a dedicated module – Research Design and Analysis. This module teaches you how to design your dissertation research from scratch, all the way from crafting the research aim, designing data collection methods, conducting safe and ethical research, adhering to data privacy laws, analysing data, to writing up key findings.

You also choose from a selection of practical workshops which teach different geographic methods, taught by the lecturers who specialise in them. These include habitat mapping, using historical archives, policy analysis, ethnography, GIS and remote sensing, interview technique, atmospheric data analysis, and more.

While researching and writing the dissertation in your third year you will work with a specialist supervisor who has experience in your topic. Supervisors are there to guide you through your research, help write up findings, and to offer a supportive ear if things don’t go exactly according to plan!

Here’s a list of the fantastic Geography BA dissertation topics from our class of 2020 showing the breadth of topics our students researched. We hope the list will inspire you when it comes to deciding what you will choose.

  • Decision-making processes by regeneration stakehold-ers for the economic development of Woking
  • The lived experience of Generation Rent: a case study of Uckfield, East Sussex
  • Clothing Generation Z: the sustainable development practices and motivations of students
  • Gendered practices within the home: the performance of cleaning
  • Social behaviour and perceptions of single-use plastic consumption
  • Communicating climate change science through media landscapes
  • Lowering meat consumption to reduce the effects of climate change
  • Understanding ‘whiteness’ _in UK to US marriage migration
  • Digital representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and art
  • In pursuit of security: study into how the ‘Prevent Agenda’ _is realised at Universities
  • Challenging the representation of studentification in Brighton
  • Exploring the stereotypical characterisation of homeless-ness in British print media (2010-2020)
  • Understanding digital tourism practices at National Trust properties: a study of Kingston Lacy
  • Staying on track: franchising and sustainability on Great Britain’s railways
  • Fast fashion: the effect of social influencers on consumer habits
  • The geographies of ‘whiteness’ _on social media
  • The geographies of diet culture during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown
  • The affect of climate change on bird migration, focus-ing on Brighton’s common starling (sturnus vulgaris)
  • Changing sense of belonging and identity for British Asians
  • Visual imagery and international development cam-paigns: audience response, desensitisation and cos-mopolitanism
  • ‘Clicktivism’ _and ‘legitimacy’:_ _employing user-generated content platforms for online activism from a user perspec-tive
  • Brexit: A threat to the internationality of a university education in the UK? A critical discourse analysis
  • Geographies of young adult political participation in rural areas
  • Gendered divisions of labour in student households


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Stephanie Thomson • December 20, 2020

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