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UBC Geography’s Statement of Solidarity with the Muslim Community (February 6, 2017)

In light of the January 29th massacre at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, as well as the Trump Administration’s executive order banning people from many Muslim-majority nations from travelling to the US, the Department of Geography reaffirms our commitment to fostering an inclusive and safe environment that provides students, faculty, and staff with the […]

UBC Geography in new partnership with University of Central Asia (UCA) (January 30, 2017)

UBC, through its departments Geography and Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), entered into an educational partnership to help the University of Central Asia with the curriculum design of an undergraduate Earth and Environmental Sciences Programme.

New Book from Jessica Dempsey: Enterprising Nature (January 26, 2017)

  Jessica Dempsey (Assistant Professor, UBC Geography) has just published her first book, in the Antipode book series with Wiley-Blackwell. Enterprising Nature tracks the rise of a powerful idea in global biodiversity conservation.  Many ecologists, bureaucrats, and activists now believe that the only way to slow the decimation of nonhuman life on earth is to […]

What is Geography?
with Dr. Juanita Sundberg
(October 28, 2016)

This interview was conducted as part of a student led initiative to identify and foster a sense of geographic identify in our department. Interview of Dr. Juanita Sundberg conducted by Max Ritts and Lucy MacKenzie, transcribed by Lucy MacKenzie.    What is your current research topic? At the moment I am working on a project […]

What is Geography?
with Dr. Marwan Hassan
(October 19, 2016)

This interview was conducted as part of a student led initiative to identify and foster a sense of geographic identify in our department. Interview of Dr. Marwan Hassan conducted and transcribed by Kelsey Everard.   Describe your current research topic My research topic is in fluvial geomorphology. I work mostly on channel stability, sediment transport, […]

Alumnus John Thistle’s Scholarly Publishing Recognized (September 25, 2016)

  UBC Geography alumnus John Thistle (PhD 2009) published his first book, Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies, and Human Communities in Early British Columbia in 2015. The book explores the ecology and history of BC interior’s grasslands and the people who lived there in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Since its publication, the […]

Craig A. Jones Wins 2016 Guggenheim Dissertation Award (June 20, 2016)

Congratulations to PhD Candidate, Craig A. Jones, for winning The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship this year. Craig’s dissertation is on The war lawyers: US, Israel and the spaces of targeting.

Craig A. Jones Wins 2016 Western Regional 3MT Competition (May 2, 2016)

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.

Human Geography 101 Workshop (April 29, 2016)

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 […]

Collaborative Graduate Seminar: “Researching Cities” (April 27, 2016)

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 […]

Syrian Refugee Crisis Teach In (April 20, 2016)

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 […]

Visiting Scholar, Takashi Nakazawa (April 7, 2016)

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 […]

Sophie Webber, EGSG Dissertation Award Winner, (March 25, 2016)

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.”

Craig A. Jones, Winner of UBC’s Three Minute Thesis 2016 Competition (March 20, 2016)

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.

Staff Recognition, Stefanie Ickert (March 15, 2016)

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.

Minister Catherine McKenna Visits GEOG 312 (March 11, 2016)

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 […]

Visiting Scholar, Hans Peter Schmid (March 9, 2016)

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 […]

Visiting Scholar, Fenne Pinkster (March 1, 2016)

Dr. Fenne Pinkster is a new visiting scholar to UBC Geography while on a sabbatical term from the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies. She is an urban geographer with specialties in housing and neighborhood change, segregation and polarization, and community identity and sense of place. Read more about her work […]

Arthur Green in Geography uses PulsePress to encourage student discussion (February 22, 2016)

Arthur “Gill” Green, a post-doctoral fellow at UBC Geography teaching GEOB 370, talks to Arts ISIT about using PulsePress to encourage student discussion in classes. Read the original article here. Back Story There were several reasons I opted to use PulsePress as our discussion board for the Advanced Geographic Information Science course. First, positively reinforce […]

Simon Donner, Climate Action Plan 2020 (February 22, 2016)

Congratulations Simon Donner for having one of the winning submissions of UBC Campus + Community Planning’s Climate Action Plan 2020‘s call for ideas. His idea is to “decrease GHG emissions from university related air travel. UBC would collect baseline data on air travel emissions from business and research-related travel and use this to create a university […]