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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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New European Alternative Finance Report launched

26th February, 2015


Two members of the Department of Geography, Mia Gray and Bryan Zhang, are co-authors of the new report Moving Mainstream: The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report. The report captures an estimated 85%-90% of Europe's online platform-based alternative finance market. Seen until recently as a niche activity, online alternative finance including equity-based crowdfunding and peer-to-peer business lending has become a vital and increasingly commonplace source of essential funding throughout Europe for SMEs, start-ups and many other businesses, says the report.

Departmental Seminar with Prof. Richard Dawson (Newcastle University) on Thurs Feb. 26th

25th February, 2015


Please join us for the second of this term's talks as part of the Department of Geography's Main Departmental Seminar Series with Prof. Richard Dawson (Newcastle University) on Thursday, February 26th at 4.15pm for his talk entitled 'Adapting Cities and Their Infrastructure to Global Change: An Integrated Modelling Approach to Understand Risks and Tradeoffs'.

The seminar will be held in the Small Lecture Theatre in the Main Geography Building on the Downing Site and will be followed by drinks in the Common Room. After the seminar, a group will be going to dinner with Prof. Dawson. All welcome!

New book on Population, Welfare and Economic Change in Britain published

19th February, 2015


A new book edited by Chris Briggs, P.M. Kitson and S.J. Thompson has been published: Population, Welfare and Economic Change in Britain, 1290-1834 (Boydell & Brewer, 2014). This book grew out of a conference on 'Population, economy and welfare, c.1200-2000' held in Cambridge in 2011.

CAMPOP featured by ESRC as one of greatest achievements in social science research

2nd February, 2015


Today the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (CAMPOP) is featured by the ESRC for its achievement in transforming our knowledge of Britain's demographic past. This is part of a year-long celebration of the social sciences and how they have contributed to society by the ESRC to mark their 50th anniversary.

Geography Seminar Series: Prof. Melissa Leach, Institute of Development Studies (Feb. 5th)

30th January, 2015


Please join us for the first of this term's talks as part of the Department of Geography's Main Departmental Seminar Series with Prof. Melissa Leach (Institute of Development Studies) on Thursday, February 5th at 4.15pm.

Prof. Leach is currently the Director of the Institute of Development Studies. Until recently, she directed the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre. She trained as a Geographer here at Cambridge and holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from SOAS. Her talk, entitled 'Ebola and beyond: Interlaced inequalities, unsustainabilities and insecurities in a global development era,' promises to be an excellent one, and we hope many of you can attend!

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On 8-9 September 2014, the department hosted a major international Symposium, 'The Shrinking Commons', debating the changing nature of the commons and the intellectual and political challenges posed by the changes.

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