Prof Philip Hughes

Professor of Physical Geography

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Philip Hughes   Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology, a book by Philip Hughes

BSc (Exeter), M.Phil., PhD (Cambridge)


  • 2001-2004: PhD Geography, University of Cambridge. 'Quaternary glaciation in the Pindus Mountains, Northwest Greece'. Supervisors: Dr. P.L. Gibbard (Cambridge) and Dr. J.C. Woodward (Manchester)
  • 1999-2000: M.Phil Quaternary Science, University of Cambridge (Distinction)
  • 1996-1999: BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Exeter (First). William Ravenhill prize for excellence in Geography.


  • 2018- : Professor of Physical Geography, The University of Manchester
  • 2015-2018 : Reader in Physical Geography. The University of Manchester
  • 2012-2015 : Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography. The University of Manchester 
  • 2006-2012 : Lecturer in Physical Geography. The University of Manchester
  • 2004-2006: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Geography, School of Env' and Development, The University of Manchester
  • 2000-2001: Research and Teaching Technician. Dept of Geography, University of Cambridge.

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Administrative experience

At the University of Manchester

2022-present  Head of Department, Department of Geography

2016-2022  Quaternary Environments & Geoarchaeology Research Group Mentor, One of the 5 research groups in Geography at the University of Manchester

2013-2022  Director of Laboratories, School of Environment, Education and Development 

2013-2018  Geography Discipline Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator

2009-2013  Director, MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

2007-2009  Geography Undergraduate Admissions Officer


Wider professional experience

Referee positions

Peer Reviewer for the following international funding bodies:

UK Natural Environment Research Council Peer Review College (2011- present). Regular Reviewer

Research Foundation - Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO)

French National Research Agency. Regular Reviewer

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) – German Research Foundation. Regular Reviewer

The Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation through the National Research Council and its Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation.

National Science Center, Poland (Narodowe Centrum Nauki - NCN). Regular Reviewer                   

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Veni grant in the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme.

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Grant Agency.


Editorial positions:

2018-2020  Editorial Board, Geology

July 2017-present  Associate Editor. Quaternary.

Jan 2014-present  Editor, Georeview.

Nov 2011-present  Subject Editor for Geomorphology and Quaternary Science, Journal of the Geological Society.

May 2010-2021  Editor. Geomorphologia Slovaca et Bohemica. Journal of the Association of Slovak Geomorphologists and Czech Association of Geomorphologists


Peer reviewer for the following journals and books:

Journals: Acta Universitatis Carolinae Geographica; Aeolian Research; Area; Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences; Central European Journal of Geosciences; Earth Surface Processes and Landforms; Environmental Earth Sciences; Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria; Geografiska Annaler; Geoheritage; Geology; Geologica Croatica; Geological Society of America – Bulletin; Geological Society of America – Today; Geomorphology; The Holocene; Journal of Archaeological Science; Journal of Asian Earth Sciences; Journal of Earth System Science; Journal of Maps; Journal of Quaternary Science; Journal of Sedimentary Research; Journal of the Geological Society, London; Land Degradation and Development; Quaternary International; Quaternary Newsletter; Quaternary Science Reviews; Quaternary Research; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association; Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society; Progress in Physical Geography; Pure and Applied Geophysics; Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology; The Geographical Journal; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Books: CRC Press; Taylor and Francis; Geological Society, London; Oxford University Press, Regional Environments Series; Springer; Wiley; Elsevier

Reviewing Awards:

September 2015, Biography listed in Quaternary Science Reviews “Outstanding Reviewers 2015” for “certain individuals have made outstanding contributions as reviewers”:


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