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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Born in Preston, Ontario, in 1928, John Stager was a quintessential geographer. His Ph.D. Thesis, under the direction of Wreford Watson at Edinburgh, was a classical historical geography of the Mackenzie River Valley (1750-1850). His main findings were published as chapters in influential books. At the same time he engaged in fundamental permafrost research which […]
Professor Siobhan McPhee in the Department of Geography at UBC has partnered with Motive.io, a mobile toolkit, to deliver an interactive GPS geography lesson about downtown Vancouver. https://betakit.com/motive-partners-with-ubc-to-deliver-history-you-can-hear/
Congratulations to another successful year of presentations by our undergraduate students at the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG) conference held on February 9th and 10th, 2018. This year is the 60th annual meeting for the WDCAG and it was held at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Karen Bakker from the Department of Geography has won the SSHRC Connection Award. It recognizes the highest achievements in SSHRC-funded research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship, as well as the highest achievements resulting from a SSHRC fellowship awarded Read more about the awards
The prize is awarded to an outstanding MA thesis that best advances knowledge of Canada and Canadian Studies. James Rhatigan’s “Afterlife of a Mine: The Tangled Legacies of the Britannia Mine” was completed under the supervision of Matthew Evenden in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia. Visit the Canadian Studies Network – […]
Congratulations to Alexandra Briault who was awarded the “Raymond and Donna Jang Prize in Geography”, a one time award given out to the undergraduate student with the highest average in Geography of Natural Hazards.
Dr. McPhee will hold a session as part of Celebrate Learning week addressing the use of technology in field trips for large first year courses. The session will share the background to the creation of a walking tour app, which has now been successfully run for two years. The app allows students to explore Downtown […]
Craig E. Jones, a PhD candidate in UBC’s Department of Geography, addresses the topics of densification, displacement, and underused housing in a series of media publications: “Canadian renters struggle to find homes as prices climb, availability declines” – The Star Vancouver, April 11, 2018 “An Already Densely Populated Metrotown is About to Get Crowded” – […]
The faculty and graduate students of the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia join other academic and non-academic communities in condemning the Executive Order on Immigration signed by US President Donald Trump on March 6th, 2017, banning citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entry to the United States, and suspending refugee […]
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 […]
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, […]