UBC Geography arrangements during COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)

Last updated: Wednesday 1st April @ 4:30pm UBC Geography is taking steps in line with the rest of UBC in response to the global spread of COVID-19. The department has now transitioned to online classes. Arts Academic Advising have issued guidelines on end of term options. Grading options for students completing geography courses in April […]

Open letter from students, faculty and staff regarding the Wet’suwet’en (February 11, 2020)

UBC Geography respects that its students, faculty members, and staff members hold a broad range of personal views on a variety of topics. The following open letter, regarding the dispute between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and Coastal Gas Link, has been signed by a significant number of students, faculty members, and staff members in the Department […]

From UBC Geography to geoscience consulting (January 7, 2020)

Alumna Sarah Davidson's journey from geography student to (professional) landscape detective.

Decolonizing Conservation: A Reading List (November 26, 2019)

by Sara Cannon, PhD Candidate, UBC Geography This post originally appeared on and is shared here with the author’s permission In my experience, most conservation biologists truly want to make the world a better place for all people and care about the communities where we work. For me, this is why I do conservation […]

UBC Geography statement on the climate emergency (November 12, 2019)

The Department of Geography at UBC joins others in naming a climate emergency, and commits to pursuing both individual and collective culture change.

Written out of history: restorying the archive (November 12, 2019)

How do you pursue a collaborative creative partnership through a PhD program? UBC Geography candidate Jessica Hallenbeck and Sahtu Dene and Coast Salish storyteller Rosemary Georgeson have done just that; restoring Rosemary's family histories through research, stories and film.

A snapshot of 1950s Vancouver (October 23, 2019)

A collection of unique aerial photos housed in the Department of Geography shows how the city has changed over the past 60 years.

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.