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 Lecture by Prof. Brian Branfireun

Professor Brian Branfireun from Western University will give a Geospectives lecture titled "Sulphate and mercury methylation in northern peatlands: 20 years of insights and applications" on January, 25, 2019 from 12:00pm-1:00p in Burnside Hall Room 426.

Posted November 26, 2018


Geospectives Speaker Series

The department's speaker series "Geospectives" schedule has been updated for Winter 2019. Click through the link above for a list up upcoming talks. All presentations will take place in Burnside Hall 426.

Posted January 7, 2019

Geography Fieldwork Photo Exhibit

Fieldwork activities take our talented geography students to all corners of the globe. Come and see what they have seen at this very special photography exhibit! Wednesday, January 16th from 4:00pm-8:00pm in the Geographic Information Center (5th Floor Burnside Hall).  Hosted by the Department of Geography and the Geography Graduate Society. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Posted January 14, 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