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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Michele Koppes and I were in Nepal for a glaciology conference in March where we caught up with UBC Geography alumnus Joseph Shea (PhD ’10), a glacial hydrologist with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based out of Kathmandu. Then in April, the earthquakes struck. Naturally ICIMOD’s focus has shifted to supporting local […]
Dr. Joel Wainwright, Associate Professor of Geography at Ohio State University, is joining the UBC Department of Geography as a Visiting Professor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Dr. Wainwright was previously an Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Trevor Barnes in 2004-2005. Students may be familiar with his work on Gramsci, political […]
The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society delivered its second Summer Academy in July, 2015. The goal of this one-week intensive program is to help graduate students and government officials gain a basic understanding of the issue of national security and its relationship with Canada’s rapidly changing society. Close to 50 people […]
Congratulations to Gordon McBean, Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario, for receiving the UBC Alumni Award of Distinction! He was Professor and Chair of the Atmospheric Science Program in the UBC Department of Geography from 1988-1992 and had previously completed his BSc (’64) in Physics and PhD (’70) in Oceanography and Physics at […]
This July, Professor David Edgington continued his research into the recovery of northeast Japan following the 2011 `triple disaster’ of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant accident. He discusses his recent field research along the Sanriku coast of the Tohoku region. Tell me about your research trip to Northeast Japan; where did you go and […]
Incoming and existing Geography majors will get a handbook about their Geography community this coming Fall. I sit down with Jialin Yang, former VP-Academic of the GSA, to talk about this project. How did this idea of an undergraduate handbook come out? The initial idea came out of the feedback from the Undergraduate Geography Surveys. […]
In 2011, a group of students put together a proposal to fill the Geography Building’s courtyard with a community garden. In their proposal, they expressed their desire to “transform underutilized space within the Geography Building courtyard into a place of food, community and education for the undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff who use the […]
Okay, I apologize for this question because you’ve probably been asked it a million times now, but how did you get come up with the idea for Jackets for Jasper? Len and I travelled in Nepal in 2011 and we came to know our guide, Kamal, and his family well. We were asked to consider […]
Congratulations to Mike Church who has been elected as a Fellow Member of the American Geophysical Union for his exceptional contributions to Earth sciences! This honor is bestowed on only 0.1% of the AGU membership in any given year.
This summer, we welcome one postdoctoral and two teaching and learning fellows to our Geography community! Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Jennifer Bagelman Open University, 2012, PhD University of Victoria, MA, First Class Honours University of Victoria, BA, First Class Honours I joined UBC in January 2015 as a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow. Previously, I was a Lecturer in […]