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 Biogeosciences Program is the study of the fundamental interactions between life and Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Biogeosciences is a discipline that inhabits the intellectual territory between the more traditional disciplines of the natural sciences.
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Congratulations to MA student Caroline Grego for winning the MA-level Major Research Paper Prize from CSN-RÉC (Réseau d’études canadiennes)! The winning paper is titled, “Imagining a Community-Oriented ‘National Park Nature: Conflict, Management, and Conservation in the Proposed South Okanagan-Lower Similkameen National Park Reserve.” According to the congratulatory message from the CSN-RÉC, “The adjudicating committee members agreed that Grego’s thesis represents […]
In June, UBC Geography adjunct professor Tom Koch delivered a plenary lecture at the 32nd Annual Korean Medical Association meetings in Seoul, Korea. The subject–”Age, Aging, and Allocation: The failure of success”–built upon his work on aging and elder to consider citizen longevity in the postmodern era. In the 1990′s he published the first works […]
The Department of Geography was awarded one of the 11 Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Fund grants from UBC HR. In an effort to promote faculty and staff wellness, Suzanne Lawrence, Student Services Manager, composed a proposal for the purchase of edible desktop plants in the offices in the Geography Building. Studies after studies showed the beneficial […]
Congratulations Dr. Merje Kuus for having been promoted to a full Professorship! Though not a surprise to the department, this recognition is most welcome and fully deserved! Merje Kuus was also our Featured Geographer for January 2010; read the article here!
Dr. Brett Eaton will be joining the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) as a fellow for the 2014W academic year. In addition, he will lead an initiative to create a sustainability pathway associated with Geography that is also funded by the USI. Loch Brown and Siobhan McPhee are also members of the team, and together will form […]
Undergraduate Advisor, Michael More, had his last day as part of the Geography Staff on June 13. He has accepted a new position as Graduate Career Advisor for the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall. As much as we are saddened to see him leave Geography, we are also incredibly excited for […]
[Photos submitted by Andrea Eisma, Jialin Yang] Welcome back to Vancouver! How did the climate and weather in New Zealand and the Cook Islands compare to Vancouver? Jialin: Everyone told me that New Zealand and Vancouver had very similar weather but that is not true! The presence of the Southern Alps makes for very different […]
You’re the advisor for Geography students, but your official title is Student Services Manager; can you clarify on that? I’m not actually the advisor for graduate students [Dr. Jim Glassman is], but I’m the graduate program manager. The department is merging my previous position and the undergraduate academic advisor position [previously Michael More] to create […]