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Undergraduate study

Geography is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university. We live in an interdependent world caught up in chains of events which span the globe. We depend upon an increasingly fragile physical environment, whose complex interactions require sophisticated analysis and sensitive management.

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Graduate study

The Department has a large community of postgraduate students. Many are working for the PhD degree, awarded on the basis of individual research and requiring three years of full-time study. The Department of Geography also runs a range of Masters/MPhil courses.

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People in the Department

The Department's staff publish regularly in hundreds of separate publications, and attract research funding from a wide variety of sources.

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Research groups

Research in the Department of Geography, arranged in five thematic research groups, covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise is both conceptual and applied, and our goals as free ranging as policy oriented.

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Imagining infrastructures workshop

20th February, 2017


A workshop, Imagining infrastructures: space, subject, and affect, will be held in the Department on 8th March 2017, from 2-6pm.

The idea of infrastructure has expanded in recent years to encompass not just technological networks but modes of living, interstitial spaces, and emerging bio-cultural landscapes. Infrastructure now extends to different scales of analysis from the multi-sensory domain of the individual human subject to more complex or diffuse types of attachments, atmospheres, and subjectivities.

Speakers include Vanesa Castán Broto, Jiat-Hwee Chang, Somaiyeh Falahat, Matthew Gandy, Sandra Jasper, Maros Krivy, Kumiko Kuichi, Jochen Monstadt, Mathilda Rosengren, Manuel Tironi, Jane Wolff.

Dinner will follow the event.

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Film screening of Geography Graduate's film 'Facing the Mountains'

17th February, 2017


On Friday 24 Feb, the Department of Geography will be hosting a screening of 'Facing the Mountains', a film co-directed by Geography graduate Ross Harrison:

Facing the Mountains (20:36) (Director/Camera/Editor: Ross Harrison; Director/Producer: Vaibhav Kaul; Score: Juliet Aaltonen)

Coping with extremes is part of life for people across the Himalayas. But in June 2013, at Kedarnath, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in northern India, conditions fatefully aligned to produce an unprecedented disaster. Thousands of pilgrims and locals were faced with a once-in-a-generation catastrophe and thousands of lives were lost. Through the words of survivors, local elders and new visitors, we are shown a portrait of a place where the events of 2013 have become part of a larger story; one of resilience, of faith, and of eternal change.

Screening at 4.15pm, Small Lecture Theatre. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion with the film makers.

Geography PhD Student featured in 'Cambridge's postgraduate pioneers'

16th February, 2017


PhD student Jonny Hanson's work on snow leopard conservation has been featured in University's 'Postgraduate Pioneers' Series.

Jonny came to Cambridge from Northern Ireland and his research explores the relationship between people, snow leopards and snow leopard conservation in two protected areas in Nepal: the Annapurna Conservation Area and the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Jonny is identifying the human factors which are both critical for and detrimental to snow leopard conservation, including assessing household conflict with snow leopards and conservation efforts. In particular, Jonny's study examines how attitudes vary under the contrasting management regimes at his two field sites, as well as varying degrees of livelihood dependence on livestock. Jonny's work in Nepal has included surveying 705 households and conducting seventy qualitative interviews with local people who share the mountains with snow leopards

Mapping malaria on a local scale

15th February, 2017


A team including Emeritus Professor of Human Geography Bob Haining are working towards the development of a new spatial support system for infectious diseases within Karnataka State in India. Their latest work has focused on the incidence of malaria in the region, using data mapping and cluster detection to identify local conditions associated with high numbers cases. This project will contribute to the development of a practical spatial decision support system for combatting the disease in the area.

Department of Geography hosts Distinguished Visitor Professor Professor Didier Fassin

15th February, 2017


As part of the Distinguished Visitors Scheme, Professor Didier Fassin will be visiting the Department from Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th February, 2017.

Didier Fassin is the James Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Didier is an anthropologist and a sociologist who has conducted fieldwork in Senegal, Ecuador, South Africa, and France.

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    Masterclass: Non-traditional stable isotopes. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology
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    Cambridge Conservation Seminars
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    The role of pragmatic literacy in estate management. Details…
    Medieval Economic and Social History Seminars
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    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
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    MPhil Presentations Part I. Details…
    Graduate Workshops in Economic and Social History
  • 1st March 2017:
    Governing Events: Emergencies and the Fragile Promise of the State. Details…
    Department of Geography - main Departmental seminar series
  • 1st March 2017:
    Submarine canyons in polar and temperate margins: shaping mechanisms and long-term evolution. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - Physical Sciences Seminar
  • 1st March 2017:
    Understanding consumer demand in the wildlife trade. Details…
    Cambridge Conservation Seminars
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    Storm surges and state formation in early modern England: coping with flooding in coastal and lowland Lincolnshire. Details…
    Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars
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    Saskia Sassen: Geographies of Expulsion. Details…
    Cambridge University Geographical Society (CUGS) talks
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