The four main School of Geography research themes are:
- Culture, Space and Power
- Economy, Development and Social Justice
- Health, Biosciences and Security
- Earth Surface Science
The school also hosts, or co-hosts, five research centres:
The City Centre: researching city lives and connections conducts theoretical and applied research on cities, builds urban research across the human geography themes, and develops links to other research at Queen Mary and outside the academy.
The Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development is a joint initiative with the School of Politics and International Relations and the School of Business and Management to foster interdisciplinary research, and a more critical approach, to the intersection of issues of globalisation, security and development.
The Centre for Studies of Home is a formal partnership between Queen Mary and The Geffrye Museum of the Home. It is an international hub of research, knowledge exchange and public engagement activities on past and present homes.
The Centre on Labour and Global Production (CLGP) is a formal research centre with the School of Business and Management, supported by the HSS Faculty.
The Centre for the Study of Migration aims to facilitate, promote and develop interdisciplinary work on migration at Queen Mary. It hosts a programme of events, seminars, workshops and conferences through the academic year that explores migration from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The Centre is committed to acting as a focal point in London for research related to migration and to offer opportunities to scholars of migration within and beyond Queen Mary to share and develop their work through participation in the Centre's events and publications.