Tara Cookson awarded AAG 2018 Global Book Award (March 26, 2019)

The award is given for a book written or co-authored by a geographer that conveys most powerfully the nature and importance of geography to the non-academic world. In her book Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs, Tara Cookson, currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Geography at […]

Emerging Media Lab: Grand Opening on March 26th (March 22, 2019)

We invite you to the grand opening of Emerging Media Lab’s new space in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Through collaborations between UBC IT, UBC Library, and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, there is now a more public and accessible space for EML in the heart of campus for all who are […]

Geraldine Pratt awarded UBC’s 2018 Jacob Biely Research Prize (March 12, 2019)

The Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize, established in 1969, is regarded as UBC’s premier award for research across all disciplines. It is awarded annually to a UBC faculty member for a distinguished record of research that has contributed substantially to UBC’s stature as a leading research institution.

Minelle Mahtani recipient of AAG Awards (March 12, 2019)

Minelle Mahtani has been awarded the AAG Media Achievement Award and the Enhancing Diversity Award. The AAG Media Achievement Award is conferred in recognition of exceptional and outstanding accomplishments in publicizing geographical insights in media of general or mass communication.  This award recognizes Mahtani’s exceptional contributions as the creator and host of Sense of Place, […]

Remembering Dr. John Stager (October 31, 2018)

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 […]

QS World Rankings: UBC Geography #1 in Canada, #4 Worldwide (October 2, 2018)

According to QS World Rankings, the Department of Geography at UBC is the best Geography program in Canada and the fourth best in the world.

UBC Geography partners with to deliver audiotour of downtown Vancouver (October 2, 2018)

Professor Siobhan McPhee in the Department of Geography at UBC has partnered with, a mobile toolkit, to deliver an interactive GPS geography lesson about downtown Vancouver.

WDCAG Conference 2018 (April 6, 2018)

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.

Karen Bakker wins SSHRC Connection Award and 2017 Trudeau Fellowship (September 20, 2017)

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

James Rhatigan wins best thesis prize (August 9, 2017)

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 (June 1, 2017)

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.

Celebrate Learning Week – Dr. Siobhán McPhee (May 2, 2017)

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 on Densification, Displacement, and Underused housing in Metro Vancouver (May 2, 2017)

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” – […]

UBC Geography’s Statement on the 2nd Executive Order on Immigration (March 20, 2017)

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 […]

UBC Geography in new partnership with University of Central Asia (UCA) (February 7, 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.