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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 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.

News and Announcements

GEOG 495 in summer 2021 : Applications open until Tuesday April 6th

Applications for GEOG 495 Field Studies - Physical Geography (3 cr) are now open! Deadline to apply is Tuesday April 6th. Download your application form here. Though we are planning for a mix of online lectures, an in-person sight visit at Gault and lab work in Burnside Hall, note that the format of the course is still subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic and associated public health measures. The field course will take place over the summer term from May17th to June 4th and is intensive.

Posted March 23rd, 2021

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advising Virtual Appointment Booking System

Students in the Department of Geography can now book virtual appointments with both the Undergraduate Advisor and the Graduate Coordinator on our online appointment booking system. Appointments are hosted on MS Teams.

Updated December 3, 2020

Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 Undergraduate Advising Syllabus

The updated edition of the Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 Undergraduate Advising Syllabus for students in Geography, Urban Studies & Sustainability Science and Society programs has now been published! You may access the document by clicking on the compass icon or the link in the text above. The Geography Advising Syllabus details the role of the advisor, how they may be of service, and what they expect of the students they advise.

Updated December 4, 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020

Posted May 21, 2020

Honours Projects 2020 - Posters & Videos

In lieu of this year's usual poster session for our honours students, each student has created a 5min video of their key findings and we have put them together on the Honours Projects page.  If you get a moment, please stop by the department facebook page and leave a constructive comment for this year's students.

Posted May 12, 2020

Black Lives Matter

The Department of Geography, McGill University firmly denounces all racism and racial violence and stands in solidarity with members of the Black community. We are deeply concerned with the violence and recent events in Canada and the US. We recognize that these events are not isolated and in Canada are situated in our country’s long history of violence against Visible Minorities and Indigenous Communities. Read our full statement here.

Posted June 4, 2020

Study involving McGill Geographers suggests reduction in wetland areas will affect Afrotropical migratory waterbirds

Migratory waterbirds are particularly exposed to the effects of climate change at their breeding areas in the High Arctic and in Africa, according to a new study published in Bird Conservation International.  The research team included McGill Geography Professor Bernhard Lehner and colleagues.
Posted May 4, 2021

Geography Summer Research Awards for Black, Indigenious, and People of Colour Undergraduate Students

In association with the Faculty of Science, the Department of Geography is offering 2 Geography Summer  Research Awards (GSRAs) for Black, Indigenious, and People of Colour (BIPOC) BSc and BASc Undergraduate students who are majoring in Geography or Sustainability, Science and Society (SSS) and are interested in carrying out a full time summer research project with a faculty member in the Geography department.  Deadline to apply is April 21 April 30.
Posted April 7, 2021

2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Economic Geography

A 2-year postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) is available in the Department of Geography to join a multidisciplinary research group examining long-run patterns of regional income inequality across five high income countries (Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and United States). Click here for more information.
Posted February 23, 2021

Winter Geospectives Calendar

The Winter 2021 Geography "virtual" speaker series has been announced.  The list of speakers (and zoom links) are at the link above.
Posted January 18, 2021

Join us for (virtual) GIS Day on January 19

McGill will be celebrating "virtual" GIS Day on January 19 from 12pm - 5pm EST this year with an exciting lineup of speakers and events. Join us! More details at
Posted January 12, 2021

Prof. Bernhard Lehner and Colleague discuss river fragmentation in Nature

In a recent news article in Nature, Professor Bernhard Lehner and colleague discuss how European rivers are fragmented by many more barriers than previously recorded.  Read the piece here.

Posted December 16, 2020

Prof. Wayne Pollard receives Northern Science Award

Congratulations to Geography professor Wayne Pollard who was recently awarded the Northern Science Award and Centenary Medal from Polar Knowledge Canada.  More information on Prof. Pollard's contribution to the field here.

Posted December 10, 2020

Congratulating Sustainability Award Winning Students

Congratulations to this year's Catalyst award winners (celebrating sustainability at McGill). This year's recipients included Department of Geography students Kerstin Schreiber (PhD), Oi Yin Lai and Rachel Kendall (M.Sc.), Lauren Jelinek (BA,Major Geography), and Kaitlyn Law (BA, Minor Geography).  More on the program and this year's recipients here.

Posted December 2, 2020
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