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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Congratulations to PhD Candidate, Craig A. Jones, for winning the Western Regional 3 Minute Thesis Competition this year! Craig presented “The War Lawyers” on April 29th at UBC Okanagan campus. Craig will now move onto the National 3 Minute Thesis Competition where he will compete against 11 other finalists.
On the 22nd of April, physical and human geography grads came together to undertake a unique experiment in the form of a ’Human Geography 101’ workshop. The workshop, organized by the newly minted Geographic Identity Committee, was conceived as a way to foster intellectual and social exchange between physical and human geography grads, a need […]
This past term, graduate students from UBC and UCLA were involved in an experimental seminar, “Researching cities,” coordinated by Jamie Peck and by Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard at UCLA. The UBC and UCLA seminar groups connected each week by way of a video conference link, usually for around two hours, ably facilitated at the […]
On April 13th, UBC Geography’s Equity and Diversity Committee hosted their first Teach In, an educational forum on a complex issue: the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The Teach In included the departmental expertise of Derek Gregory, Dan Hiebert, Siobhan McPhee, and Craig A. Jones. Professor Juanita Sundberg, Chair of the Equity and Diversity Committee, introduced the […]
Professor Takashi Nakazawa is a new visiting scholar at UBC Geography. With a PhD from the University of Tokyo, Professor Nakazawa has been based at Meiji University since 2010, having previously been in the Faculty of Economics at Oita University. Professor Nakazawa’s research interests are situated at the intersection of economic, political and urban geography. His prize-winning […]
Congratulations to our recent graduate, Sophie Webber (PhD ’15), for winning the Best Dissertation award in Economic Geography from the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers! Her winning dissertation was titled, “Adaptation Ecologies: Circuits of Climate Change Finance, Policy and Science in the Pacific Islands.”
Congratulations to PhD student Craig A. Jones for winning UBC’s Three Minute Thesis competition this year! His presentation, The War Lawyers, won First Place and People’s Choice out of 100 participating graduate students’ presentations. Craig will now advance to the Western regional competition at UBC-Okanagan at the end of April. Watch his presentation here.
Stefanie Ickert’s outstanding work as Student Services Coordinator was recognized at an annual Faculty of Arts meeting. Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Susan Porter noted Stefanie’s exemplary service in Geography’s graduate program. She is one of two staff members singled out for this commendation.
Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, visited GEOG 312 (Climate Change, Science and Society) on March 3rd as part of her visit to UBC. McKenna talked briefly about the difficult negotiations at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference but remains optimistic about making realistic changes to combat climate change as she saw “leaders […]
Professor Hans Peter (HaPe) Schmid is a new visiting scholar at UBC Geography; he will be with us from March until June 2016. HaPe is a graduate of this department (Supervisor Tim Oke) and is currently director of Atmospheric Environmental Research at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT/IMK-IFU) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Hans Peter […]