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.

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Summer 2022 field courses: How to apply

The Department will be offering two undergraduate field courses in the summer 2022 term. Though there is still some level of uncertainty at this time due to the pandemic, details about the classes and how to apply are noted below. More specific details will be provided at a later date once we are closer to the start of the summer term. In the meantime, don't miss your chance, apply now!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our undergraduate advisor Michelle at advisor.geog [at]

GEOG 425: Southeast Asia Urban Field Studies (3 credits) 

May 11-24, 2022

How to apply: send an email to Prof Sarah Moser at sarah.moser [at] (subject: GEOG%20425%20application%20S2022)  with "GEOG 425 application S2022" in the subject line and include: 1) a short statement explaining your interest in the course and whether or not you need it to graduate, 2) a copy of your unofficial transcript from minerva and 3) your CV.

Application deadline: February 15th 2022

GEOG 495: Field Studies - Physical Geography (3 credits)

May 16-29, 2022

How to apply: Download the application form and instructions, fill them out and email your completed application package to undergrad.geog [at] (subject: GEOG%20495%20application%20form%20S2022)  with "GEOG 495 application form S2022" in the subject line.

Application deadline: TBD

Posted January 19, 2022

Missed the Department of Geography Undergraduate Student Orientation? Access the slide decks here!

Access the Department of Geography Undergraduate Student Orientation slide deck, the GIC slide deck and the McGill Libraries slide deck.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle at advisor.geog [at] or book an appointment with her for immediate guidance. 

Updated October 5, 2021


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

Winter Geospectives Talks

The list of geospective speakers for Winter 2022 are now online.

Posted January 3, 2021

Mr. Roger Warren receives honorary degree from McGill University

During Fall convocation, McGill will confer honorary degrees to three highly talented and engaged individuals including Roger Warren.  Mr. Warren established the Rathlyn Foundation as a small, private family foundation, from which students in the McGill Geography department have received generous support.

Posted November 24, 2021

Prof. MacDonald one of McGill's most cited researchers

Data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate recently released their list of the 6,600 most cited researchers in their respective fields.  A total of 14 McGill researchers made the list including Geography Professor Graham MacDonald.  Congratulations Graham.

Posted November 17, 2021

Let’s not forget our nitrogen footprint

In a recent piece published in Le Devoir, Professor Graham MacDonald discusses the role of Nitrogen in greenhouse gas emissions.  Read the full piece here.

Posted November 1, 2021

Destruction of forests endangers communities through vast areas in the South American Gran Chaco

A recent study by an international team of researchers including Geography Professor Yann le Polain de Waroux,  published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that advancing agriculture threatens the livelihoods of forest-dependent people.

Posted October 26, 2021

We are hiring: Open rank professor in Anti-Black Racism Studies

The Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, McGill University, invites applications from broadly-trained scholars researching racial inequities (e.g., spatial segregation), Black Geography, critical race studies, and/or anti-Black racism, particularly in urban contexts. More details are available here: English | French.

Posted September 22, 2021

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