Spotlight

What are the major federal parties planning to do about climate change? (October 7, 2019)

Prof. Simon Donner has run the numbers on their proposed climate policies: none will avoid 1.5°C warming.

UBC Geography’s statement on the Global Climate Strike (September 16, 2019)

The Department of Geography fully supports the planned strike action on September 27th, and encourages students to participate.

Medical geography and why we need it (September 11, 2019)

As our climate changes, we need more researchers who can understand the close relationship between the environment and disease.

Mordor, Gandalf… is it left or right? (August 13, 2019)

Geography students get to the bottom of whether Frodo's journey across Middle-Earth with the One Ring took the most efficient route.

How should we deal with climate change anxiety? (July 23, 2019)

It is a really, really challenging idea to work with," says Prof. Michele Koppes.

PhD student Seth Wynes’ UBC emissions study featured on CBC (July 17, 2019)

He has found that carbon emissions from the flights of UBC employees equate to between half and two-thirds of UBC's  annual campus emissions.

Geography VR: a Stanley Park Virtual Field trip (March 22, 2019)

The Technology of Virtual Reality The Geography VR project is utilizing cutting-edge innovative technologies. Virtual reality is an expanding platform that has grown ever since it’s first introduction, and is the key innovation that we will be utilized within this project. Photogrammetry and other technologies were also used, combining the best and newest innovations to […]

“Reflections on a Department and an Academic Life” (October 2, 2018)

Watch Professor Emeritus Cole Harris deliver a colloquium on the topic of his own life, including his time in the Department of Geography at UBC.

Craig E. Jones on Densification, Displacement, and Underused housing in Metro Vancouver (May 2, 2017)

Craig E. Jones, a PhD candidate, has addressed these issues in several media outlets.

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.

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.

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 […]

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

Prof. Dempsey's first book tracks the rise of a powerful idea in global biodiversity conservation.

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

Dr. Sundberg explains her work with borders, and how their effects extend beyond human impact and into ecology.

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

"Geography means to me landscape, human-physical environment, working on the interface between human and physical geography."

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

His first book, Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies, and Human Communities in Early British Columbia, has received multiple awards.

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.

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 […]

What does it mean to be a Geographer? (January 27, 2016)

In January 2016, PhD Students, Leonora King and Marc Tadaki hosted the first ever graduate student “workshop to discuss human and physical geographical identity”. An interesting and unique initiative, I read the blog post that accompanied the workshop invitation which highlighted the difficult question of what it means to be a geographer, especially in a […]