Resource list

BA Recommended resource list

To help you prepare for studying in the School of Geography, we have gathered together some resources that you may find interesting and informative. However, there is no pre-requisite reading that needs to be done. 

Suggested reading

General Human Geography 

This freely available general overview, called What is Human Geography? introduces some of the many different subdisciplines and traditions within the broad area of human geography. 

Responding to the pandemic 

2020/21 was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. A good starting point for geographical understanding of the global coronavirus pandemic is the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) resources on the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic will continue to significantly impact issues that are key concerns for human geographers. There are quite a few early analyses in the general media, here is just a small sampling that may be of interest:

Planet Under Threat 

Our Planet Under Threat module addresses some of the key environmental challenges facing humanity and the wider biosphere from both social and natural science perspectives found within human and physical geography. Some background readings that may interest you include the following:

Population, Society and Space 

The Population, Society and Space module focuses on changing population patterns and trends and the resulting social and cultural issues that arise. It considers issues and themes including diversity and difference, inequality, discrimination, changing populations, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, and disability. 

  • A useful introduction to population geography is Holdsworth C. et al Population and Society (2013, Sage), with its detailed and accessible overview that situates demographic events - fertility, mortality and migration - within the context of broader social impacts and theorisations like social inequalities, individualisation and life course analysis. 
  • The free collection Cartographies of Difference, which includes contributions from Leeds-based scholars, contains a number of essays related to the geographies of difference, including themes of nationalism, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, and more. 
  • The interconnected roles played by race, class, gender, sexuality and (dis)ability in driving inequalities and discrimination are key themes in our undergraduate programmes and we find intersectionality a useful concept for studying them. This short video by Hopkins, P. ‘What is intersectionality’ (2018) is a good place to begin. 

Global Geopolitics, Migration and Uneven Development 

Our Global Geopolitics, Migration and Uneven Development focuses module on the geography of places and how they are constituted by environmental, economic, social and political processes, and in turn the influence of places on these processes. Particular attention is paid to the recent history of global geopolitics, states and non-state actors, nationalism, globalisation, migration, uneven development, gender, human rights, and decolonial politics. 

Academics at Leeds have made major contributions to research on issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers. Some recent work by our staff on how asylum seekers can become highly vulnerable to the practice of modern slavery can be found in the following: 

The Urban Age 

Our The Urban Age module explores the geography of cities and urban settlements and their constitution by environmental, economic, social and political processes through time and space, and in turn the influence of urban forms on these processes. We give attention to planetary urbanisation, urban planning, collective consumption and social reproduction, housing and the welfare state, service and retail economy, neoliberal globalisation, post-industrial urbanism, power, austerity and contestation. 

Digital Geographies 

The Digital Geographies module provides an introduction to the important and rapidly changing world of geographical data analysis. It blends new digital, mobile and spatial technologies with core numerical skills and conceptual understandings of how space and spatial relationships can be represented. 

The world of digital technologies, automation and ‘big data’ is increasingly important to our programmes. 

The growing use of Big Data in research poses complex ethical and moral issues.

Research and innovation at the University 

Our research actively informs our teaching programme and you can follow these links to find out about our current research: 

Taster lecture

To give you a snapshot of what it is like to study with us our academics have put together a short taster lecture relevant to this undergraduate degree:

University resources 

The University of Leeds also offers many useful resources to help you transition to higher education learning.