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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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Department of Geography Annual Report 2015-16

18th January, 2017


We are pleased to announce that the Department's Annual Report for 2015-16 is now online.

The report contains an overview of Departmental activities across teaching, research and technical and information services.

New book: 'Seeing Like a City', Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift

17th January, 2017


The Department's 1931 Professor Ash Amin has published his latest work, Seeing Like a City, co-authored by Sir Nigel Thrift.

The book argues that: 'seeing like a city means recognizing that cities are living things made up of a tangle of networks, built up from the agency of countless actors. Cities must not be considered as expressions of larger paradigms or sites of human effort and organization alone. Within their density, size and sprawl can be found a world of symbols, bodies, buildings, technologies and infrastructures. It is the machine-like combination, interaction and confrontation of these different elements that make a city.'

Department of Geography hosts Distinguished Visitor Professor Professor Didier Fassin

15th January, 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.

Department of Geography hosts Distinguished Visitor Professor Don Mitchell

15th November, 2016


The Department of Geography is committed to bringing internationally renowned scholars to Cambridge, under our Distinguished Visitors Scheme. Our most recent guest was Professor Don Mitchell of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, who came to Cambridge for the first time in his career, giving a public lecture, a research seminar, and a graduate seminar. Professor Mitchell has made key contributions in a number of fields, particularly in cultural geography and cultural theory, in his focus on labour and the political economy of landscape, and in relation to struggles over urban public space. Continue reading …

Distinguished Visitor: Professor Don Mitchell

31st October, 2016


As part of the Distinguished Visitors Scheme, Professor Don Mitchell will be visiting the Department, from Tuesday 8th November to Thursday 10th November 2016. He is Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University). He will be giving a lecture ('Revolting New York: How Riots, Uprisings, and Revolutions Shape the Urban Landscape') and seminar ('Mean Streets: Homelessness, Public Space, and the Limits to Capital') - all welcome.

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  • 23rd January 2017:
    Placing the dead in 18th century European metropolis: institutions, economy, beliefs. Details…
  • 25th January 2017:
    The 1257 Samalas eruption. Details…
  • 25th January 2017:
    UNESCO biosphere reserves: concept, challenges and opportunities. Details…
  • 26th January 2017:
    Late Quaternary tephrostratigraphies from East African lakes. Details…
  • 1st February 2017:
    When does environmental science get used in policy and practice? . Details…
  • 6th February 2017:
    Drainage and water supply in 18th century London. Details…
  • 8th February 2017:
    Masterclass: Calculating P-T-t paths in basalts. Details…
  • 8th February 2017:
    Lessons from plants that don’t stay put: Mendicant baobabs and acrobat acacias. Details…
  • 9th February 2017:
    Pathological Lives: on the cosmopolitics of losing self-assurance. Details…
  • 9th February 2017:
    Modelling the Last Glacial-Interglacial Cycle: How sensitive are past climates?. Details…
  • More seminars…