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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Vietnam

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

Geothink

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

Advising drop-in hours cancelled over reading week

Please be advised that geography undergraduate advising drop-in hours are cancelled over reading week (from March 4th to 8th inclusively). Regular drop-in hours will resume on Monday March 11th.

Posted February 20th, 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] mcgill.ca 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

Peter Holland Obituary

As member of the McGill Geography Department, Peter Holland created a program in biogeography and his scholarly contributions were marked by an evolutionary perspective. We pass on our condolences to Peter’s family, friends and colleagues in New Zealand. An online guestbook is available for those interested in signing or sharing a story.

Posted January 28, 2019

Dept Statement on Appropriate Relationships among Faculty, Staff and Students

Recent events at different Canadian universities have brought the issue of sexual harassment and violence front and center in the public domain. In response to those events, the Department of Geography has approved a Statement on Appropriate Relationships among Faculty, Staff, and Students, which is linked on our People page under Equity Committee.

Posted October 4, 2018

Doctoral student Chris Erl hosts podcast on Montreal municipal elections

Doctoral student Chris Erl, who studies diversity and representation in local elections, hosts a new podcast from the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship about the 2018 Montreal municipal elections.

Posted February 8, 2019

Informal motorbike taxi drivers in Hanoi

As a 'featured article' for International Development Planning Review, Prof Sarah Turner and her Hanoi-based colleague Ngo Hanh talk in a blog entry about their recently published piece on informal motorbike taxi drivers in Hanoi. It focuses on what these drivers have to do to maintain their access to the city’s streets…not only due to police bribes, but also new Uber-style, app-based competitors.

Posted February 7, 2019

Classifying the world's rivers

In a recently paper published in Environmental Research Letters, Camille Ouellet Dallaire, Bernhard Lehner, and colleagues, present the first map that catalogs and classifies all rivers in the world (more than 35 million kilometers).

Posted January 29, 2019

SSHRC Insight Development Grant Recipients

Congratulations to Geography professors Natalie Oswin, Sarah Turner, Yann le Polain de Waroux, and Oliver Coomes on recently being awarded SSHRC Insight Development Grants. The full list of recipients is available on the SSHRC website.

Posted February 1, 2019