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.

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 […]