The Environment and Sustainability Program offers an integrated understanding of physical, ecological, economic, social, cultural and political systems, as they shape the world in which we live and influence the future of life on our planet.
The Human Geography Program covers a wide set of sub-disciplines that share in common the study of the human use and experience of the world. It covers such broad territory as the relations between nature and society, place and human identity, and the spatial basis of economies and societies.
The Geographical Sciences Program is the study of the fundamental interactions between life and Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Geographical Sciences is a discipline that inhabits the intellectual territory between the more traditional disciplines of the natural sciences.
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By Elanna Nolan, PhD Candidate If you talk about “the signage issue” in Richmond BC, most residents of Metro Vancouver would probably know what you were talking about. It refers to the ringing complaint that Chinese languages dominate Richmond’s linguistic landscape. In the past few years the City of Richmond has refused to heed these […]
Geography announces its Sustainability Learning Pathway for all BA and BSc degrees offered by the department. With funding from a University Sustainability Initiative Pathway Seed Grant, Dr. Brett Eaton led a project to develop specific, sustainability learning outcomes relevant to our specializations, and to map all existing courses in Geography onto these learning outcomes. Following […]
On June 22, 2015, Professor Emeritus John Chapman’s family, friends, and colleagues gathered at Cecil Green Park House for his Celebration of Life event. There were so many people in attendance that the Yorkeen Room where the service was held could not hold everyone and more chairs were brought out to the adjoining Langara Room. […]
In January of 2015 the Department of Geography contacted the current undergraduate community as well as the previous four cohorts of Geography alumni to request their participation in a survey regarding several aspects of the Department. In total, 1247 people were invited to participate in the survey. From this, 87 current undergraduates and 67 alumni […]
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our distinguished colleague John Chapman. Born in Poole, Dorset on July 24th, 1923 he died in Vancouver on June 9th 2015. John retired from UBC in 1988 having been a member of the department for about 40 years – probably a record. John […]
Congratulations to our recent PhD (2015) graduate Jake Wall for winning GIScience Study Group and Esri Canada’s student presentation competition at this year’s CAG Meeting! His winning presentation is titled, “African elephant conservation: new spatial approaches bring new understanding”.
Congratulations recent PhD (2014) graduate Matt Dyce for winning the Canadian Association of Geographers Starkey-Robinson Award for his dissertation, A Spatial History of Canada: Archives, Knowledge, and Geography. Matt Dyce is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg. Photo by M. Benedictson, University of Winnipeg
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Olav Slaymaker who has been awarded the Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography by the Canadian Association of Geographers for his life-long and continuing contributions to Canadian geomorphology and environment-society relations.