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

McGill Geography (Urban systems) student Alice Yue delivers valediction at Arts C Convocation 

Alice Yue earned her degree in Geography (Urban Systems) and Political Science, with minors in Geographic Information Systems and Russian. On Tuesday June 4th, she spoke as the valedictorian for the Arts C ceremony. Bravo Alice!

Watch the Arts C convocation ceremony. Read the McGill Reporter interview.

Posted June 5, 2019

Three newly tenured professors

Congratulations to McGill Geography Professors Kevin Manaugh, Sarah Moser, and Brian Robinson who were recently awarded tenure. 

Posted June 4, 2019

Dean of Students Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising awarded to Michelle Maillet

Michelle MailletA big congratulations to Geography Undergraduate Advisor Michelle Maillet on being awarded the the Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Award from the Dean of Students.  Michelle's speech is available here. Congratulations Michelle.  Well deserved.

Posted May 16, 2019

Teaching Assistantship Postings for Fall 2019

The geography department is looking for TAs for geography courses in the fall 2019 semester.  If you are interested in applying please fill out this Word document.  Please check the deadline for applying written on each posting.  Good Luck!!

Posted May 2, 2019

MUGS first undergraduate society at McGill to achieve bronze-level sustainable workplace certification

We are proud to announce that the McGill Undergraduate Geography Society (MUGS) is the first undergraduate association at McGill to achieve bronze-level sustainable workplace certification through the Office of Sustainability! Congratulations to the 2018-2019 execs on this exciting achievement, and a special thank you to this past year's MUGS sustainability officer Erin Wen for leading the process. An important legacy for future cohorts, bravo!

Posted May 10, 2019

Professor Sarah Moser on new cities in the Guardian July 2019

Department of Geography Professor Sarah Moser discusses the increase in new cities across Asia and Africa in the Guardian's piece: Cities from scratch: watch new cities rise from the desert, jungle and sea.

Posted July 10, 2019

Professor Grant McKenzie provides e-scooter insight on CBC and CTV news

The City of Montreal is changing vehicle regulations to allow for the use of dockless electric scooters.  As multiple shared-mobility companies move into the city, many are questioning their impact.  Professor Grant McKenzie discussed the impact of these scooters on CBC's Daybreak MontrealCBC news, as well as CTV's news channel.

Posted July 8, 2019

Professor Roulet discusses the effect of climate change on the stores of carbon in peatlands

In a Toronto Star investigative report, Professor Roulet from the Department of Geography discusses the effect of climate change on peatland carbon stores in of the Hudson Bay Lowland.

Posted May 28, 2019

McGill Geographers find widespread permafrost degradation in high Arctic terrain

A recent study led by McGill Geography doctoral candidate Melissa Ward Jones finds that rapid changes in terrain are taking place in Canada’s high Arctic polar deserts due to increases in summer air temperatures.  Click through to the CBC news article here.

Posted May 23, 2019

New study in Nature mapping the world's free flowing rivers by McGill geographers and colleagues

A new study published by McGill geographers Guenther Grill, Bernhard Lehner, Heloisa Ehalt Macedo, Florence Tan, and colleagues finds that just one-third of the world’s longest rivers remain free-Flowing. The first ever global assessment of the location and extent of the planet’s remaining free-flowing rivers highlights severe degradation, and offers a method for tracking the status of free-flowing rivers over time.

Posted May 8, 2019