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

Teaching Assistantship Positions Available For Winter 2020

The department is seeking applicants for Teaching Assistantship positions for the new winter 2020 semester.  If you are interested in applying please fill out this form. Deadline for applying is November 14, 2019.  Good Luck!

Posted October 15, 2019

Course Lecturers Positions Available for Winter 2020

The department of Geography is looking for instructors for 5 Geography courses given in the Winter 2020 term.  Please click on the link above to find more information on which courses are available.  Deadline for applying is October 18, 2019. 

Posted September 30, 2019

Assistant Professor Position Available

The department of Geography invites applications from scholars with a background in physical geography, or related science, whose area of research focuses on the observation and explanation of change in earth surface processes of Arctic and northern systems. We seek an individual whose interests is geomorphology or related fields, to complement but not duplicate existing strengths.  Please click on link above for more information.

Posted September 19, 2019

Fall Geospectives Speaker Schedule Announced

The list of speakers that will present during the Fall 2019 Geospectives series is now online.  Mark your calendars as there are some great talks this semester.

Posted September 6, 2019

Department of Geography first Faculty of Science Department to be certified a McGill sustainable workplace

Good news everyone! Our office staff has been busy this summer updating our protocols and getting the Department certified as a McGill sustainable workplace. The Department of Geography is now the first Faculty of Science Department to be certified bronze-level. The Geography Advising Office has also been certified silver-level earlier this summer. For more information on the Sustainable Workplace Certification program at McGill, visit the McGill Office of Sustainability's website here. Keep up the good work team!

Posted August 1, 2019


Geospectives Talk on Friday: Towards Sustainable Mobility by Prof. Harvey Miller (Ohio State)

On Friday, October 18, 2019, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Professor Harvey Miller from the Ohio State University will give a geospectives talk on the topic of Sustainable Mobility.  The presentation will take place in Burnside Hall 426.  All are invited to attend.

Posted October 17, 2019

Prof. Benjamin Forest discusses reforming the US Senate

In a new piece in Political Geography titled Reforming the US Senate: Original intent and representational inequality, Professor Benjamin Forest argues that adjusting the number of Senators slightly to reflect state population would actually reflect the degree of difference among states that the Constitutional framers expected at the time of adoption.


Posted September 20, 2019

2019 RSA North America Conference, Montréal, Canada

The Call of the New: Unpacking Innovation, its Spatiality, its Benefits and its Costs

This conference is taking place on September 25th to 27th  at the Center Mont-Royal, 2200 Mansfield Street.  Sebastien Breau is one of the co-Academic Organiser of this conference. For more information and registration information please click on the link above.

Posted September 20, 2019

Professor Sarah Moser talks about building cities from scratch on CBC's Sunday Edition

On Sunday, September 13th, Geography Professor Sarah Moser discussed the reality of building cities from scratch on CBC Radio's Sunday Edition.

Posted September 16, 2019

Professor Benjamin Forest and colleagues explore non-binary gender questions in surveys

In a recently published survey experiment in Canada, Sweden, and the U.S., Professor Benjamin Forest and colleagues show that there were no overall negative — and some net positive - reactions to providing a non-binary response to the question about respondents’ gender.  Click through to the publication.

Posted August 26, 2019

Professor Grant McKenzie provides insight on the future of E-scooters in Canada

Shared mobility e-scooters have recently launched in Calgary, Edmonton, and Montreal. Professor Grant McKenzie discussed the impact of these scooters through a range of media outlets including CBC and CTV news.

Posted August 19, 2019