Arctic Iqaluit, Nunavut

MA graduate student Sara Statham in Iqaluit, Nunavut (the southeast coast of Baffin Island), where she has undertaken fieldwork regarding food security and climate change.

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Zanzibar Africa

Undergraduate students on the Africa Field Semester gain a greater appreciation of the roles of mangrove ecosystems.

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South America Peruvian Amazon

MSc graduate student Meghan Doiron’s (on right) research focuses on understanding the information sharing networks that link ribereño households in the north-eastern Peruvian Amazon.

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Tamil Nadu Southern India

Geography and IDS Joint Honours student Stephanie Austin completing interviews regarding organic agriculture and livelihoods in Tamil Nadu.

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The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group

The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (CCARG) led by Dr. James Ford: The group’s research takes place at the interface between science and policy, working with Indigenous communities on climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning

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The Occupy Movement and the Top 1% in Canada

In a forthcoming paper to be published in Antipode, Prof. Sebastien Breau explores recent patterns of inequality in Canada, paying particular attention to changes in the characteristics of the top 1% of income earners.

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MA graduate Vicki Kyeyune tries on local ethnic minority Hmong clothing, after interviews regarding hybrid maize and food security in upland Vietnam.


A partnership between municipal employees, academics, and members of the private and non-profit sectors, Geothink is the largest grant investigating the implications of increasing two-way exchanges of locational information between citizens and their city governments. 

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Geography is the study of physical environments and human habitats. It deals with people and places. It covers issues such as global warming and climate change, food and water resources, management of ecosystems, human health, regional economic disparities, urban infrastructure, native land claims and permafrost problems. Both a physical and a social science, it provides a unique opportunity to obtain a broad exposure to modes of analyzing the many environmental and situational problems of contemporary society. Our department is based in the Faculty of Science and offers degrees at the Bachelors (B.A., B.Sc, & B.A.Sc.), Masters (M.A. & M.Sc), and Ph.D. levels.

Activities and Announcements

Geospectives LogoGeoSpectives

The GeoSpectives will be on Friday, February 17, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. when Prof. Carl Nightingale will present, "Splitting Settler Cities: Transnational Patterns of Segregationism in the US, South Africa, and Beyond." The talk is co-sponsored by the Research Group on Democracy, Space and Technology, a unit of the the Yan P. Lin Centre; and the McGill School of Urban Planning through the generous gift of the Brenda and Samuel Gewurz Fund for Teaching and Learning in Urban Design and Development.

Posted January 20, 2017

Instructor needed for Geog 495 Field Studies - Physical Geography

The department is looking for an instructor to teach GEOG 495 in the summer session.  Deadline for applying is February 24, 2017. 

Posted January 31, 2017

McGill Field Studies Information Session

Please take advantage of the field Studies Information Session available in February.  Take a look at the above link for more information and when they are offered.  We have information sessions for Africa, Panama, Arctic and Barbados.

Posted January 31, 2017

Message of Solidarity

The attack at a mosque in Quebec City last night (Sunday) resulted in the killing of six people and the wounding of many others. This is a shocking, tragic event. The Department of Geography joins with McGill to offer our sincere condolences to all victims and their loved ones. Our Department celebrates diversity in all its forms, and stands in solidarity with members of the Muslim community.

Posted January 30, 2017

Dr. Tim HaltiginDepartment Alumnus Dr. Tim Haltigin

Dr. Tim Haltigin (PhD 2010) is among the final 70 candidates to become a Canadian astronaut. He currently works as a Senior Mission Scientist for Planetary Exploration at the Canadian Space Agency. The department thinks he is out of this world!

Posted February 2, 2017