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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Welcome to McGill Geography

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

Upcoming geospectives talk by Prof. Anthony Bebbington

Professor Anthony Bebbington from Clark University will be giving a geospectives talk on April 12th titled "The New, the Same and the Ugly: Extractivismsin Latin America and beyond." The talk will take place in Burnside Hall 426 starting at 12:00pm.

Posted April 4, 2019

New course - Fall 2019 - Introduction to programming for the spatial sciences

In Fall 2019, Professor Grant McKenzie will be teaching a new course on programming for the spatial sciences.  This will be an undergraduate course aimed at students in Geography and related disciplines.  No previous programming experience is expected. PDF icon geog407_fall2019.pdf

Posted March 29, 2019

Spring advising hours

The undergraduate advisor will be holding a special extended drop-in hour session Tuesday April 2nd from 1pm to 4pm in Burnside Hall room 323 to assist finishing students with registration issues. Regular drop-in hours will then continue throughout the week.

Drop-in hours on April 11th, 15th, April 19th and 22nd are cancelled.

Regular drop-in hours will then continue throughout the rest of April, and in May.

Can't make it to drop-in hours and need advice? advsior.geog [at] (subject: appointment%20request) (Email) Michelle for an appointment.

Posted April 1st, 2019

Increased hours for undergraduate advising in Geography

Good news everyone! The Geography Undergraduate Advisor Ms. Michelle Maillet is now available full-time to help students navigate the intricacies of their Geography programs, including the Sustainability, Science & Society major/honours! Come by Burnside Hall room 323 during her drop-in hours, or send her an email at advisor.geog [at] with your availabilities to book an appointment. Her new expanded drop-in hour schedule is as follows: Mondays from 1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm, Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, and Fridays from 1pm to 4pm.

Posted January 29, 2019

Upcoming seminar discussing The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress

Please join Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini on April 26 to discuss their recent book, The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress. Cities of the Persian Gulf display themselves as exceptional in cosmopolitanism, architectural reach, and futuristic capacities. Critics, in turn, stress environmental backwardness, radical inequality and cultural dependence. The aim of this international seminar (and of the edited book from which it springs) is to show what Gulf cities can substantively teach: how world places connect to one another through new patterns of real estate investment, design, and human migration. Experts, problems, and putative solutions circulate to the Gulf and out of it. We can learn by attending to such Gulf trends that – for better or worse, and however inconsistent with prior analytic paradigms – are now ascendant in other world regions. Where: ART 160, Arts Building, McGill University. When: 4:00-5:30

Posted April 11, 2019

McGill Geographers to work with the Canadian peat industry on greenhouse gas emissions.

Professor Nigel Roulet, with Professors Tim Moore (Geography), Ian Strachan (Natural Resource Science, FAES, McGill University), Maria Strack (Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo), and David Olefeldt (Renewable Resources, University of Ablerta and former McGill Geography PhD student) have been given a five year, $1,700,000 NSERC Collaborative and Research Development (CRD) grant with seven industrial partners and the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) to examine the greenhouse gas emissions during peat extraction and the fate of the peat carbon when peat is used in horticulture.
Posted March 25, 2019

Professors Gail Chmura and Nigel Roulet publish editorial on the critical role of wetlands

Professors Gail Chmura and Nigel Roulet have just published with several of their fellow wetlands scientists an editorial in the journal Wetlands that outlines the critical role of wetlands in the global system and what the lose of wetlands means to resilience.
Posted March 25, 2019

Professor Sarah Moser talks on the CBC National on new master planned cities

Professor Sarah Moser appeared on CBC National news this week to discuss massive urban developments that are being designed to jump-start economies in the developing world.  Click through to the article This Is Big Money.
Posted March 14, 2019