University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
Geographical Sciences
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Laboratory research




The School of Geographical Sciences is well-recognised internationally and our staff have been awarded the highest number of international research grants at UNNC. UNNC is also the most successful university in China to be awarded European Horizon 2020 funding as a direct result of the School.  

Many of our staff are actively involved in international and national research collaborations supporting governments, companies and intergovernmental organisations to meet their scientific needs. 


Research Fields

Environmental Management

Environmental Management

  • Brownfield regeneration and sustainable urban development
  • Ecosystem approaches to management in marine systems
  • Fisheries management
  • Assessing ecosystem services in marine systems
  • Environmental baseline monitoring for environmental and social impact assessment




  • Modelling soil erosion and sediment transport
  • Geomorphology in South-East Asia and China
  • Impacts of climate and land-use change on geomorphological risks and hazards


Geographic Information Science (GIS)


  • Spatial analysis and visualisation
  • Geospatial technologies applications for management
  • Catchment modelling using GIS
  • Indoor Mapping and Navigation
  • Fire evacuation route planning


Glacier Studies


  • Glacier analysis in Tibet
  • Optical Luminesces Dating
  • Climate Change




  • Storm-water modelling and flood risk assessment
  • International water management policies, particularly in sustainable flood management and planning practices and flood risk assessment
  • Assessing impact of climate and land-use change on flood frequency in Eastern China
  • Development of reliable flood estimation procedures for mine water management
  • Development of water resource scenario and optimisation models
  • Use of GoldSim Monte Carlo Simulation Software


Marine Science

Marine Science

  • Saltmarsh and estuarine ecology
  • The impacts of the fishing on the ecosystem
  • Benthic functioning


Externally-funded projects





Staff involved

European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China (ERICENA)

European Commission, Horizon 2020

2017 - 2019

Odette Paramor


EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation (URBAN-EU-CHINA)

European Commission, Horizon 2020

2017 - 2019

Odette Paramor

Research exchange with Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray

University of Adelaide


Odette Paramor

Modelling the paleo Haizishan ice cap in the southeastern Tibetan Plateau

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Young Scientist Programme

2015 - 2018

Ping Fu

Research on the Strategy and Practice of the Development of Sponge City in Ningbo New Eastern Town

Ningbo New Eastern Town Development and Management Committee

2015 - 2017

Faith Chan, Jim Griffith & David Higgitt

An International Evaluation of the Role of Chartered Surveyors in Providing Professional Flood Risk Advice on Commercial Property

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust (RICS)

2015 - 2016

Faith Chan

DragonSTAR Plus

European Commission, Horizon 2020


Odette Paramor & Michelle Shao

Investigation of water quality in Ningbo in relation to land-cover type

Ningbo Soft Science Programme

2014 - 2015

Jim Griffith

Quantifying the impacts and risk of Typhoon related flooding in Ningbo

Ningbo Social development programme

2013 – 2014

Jim Griffith

Dragon Star

European Commission, Horizon 2020

2012 - 2015

Odette Paramor

Developing a Knowledge-Based Marine Economy

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Global Partnership Fund


Odette Paramor

Geomorphology in SE Asia and China

British Society for Geomorphology


Jim Griffith