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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 across six Thematic Research Groups and two Institutes, covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise, individually and in collaboration, is both conceptual and applied.

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NCK trip to Cambridge Botanic Garden

26th May, 2017


On Wednesday 24 May, Research theme Natures, Cultures, Knowledges organised a trip to Cambridge Botanic Garden. They were given a tour by the Head of Education, Head of Horticulture and Curator with a particular focus on the redevelopment of the Systematic Beds. These beds were set up in 1846 to illustrate the ways in which plants are taxonomically grouped into families, reflecting particular ideas of evolution. As environmental science and groupings have since changed, the beds are going through a major 'sort out', and it is a fascinating moment to explore the decisions that are being made to reflect different ideas of taxonomy and beauty on the ground.

Society Is Ready for a New Kind of Science—Is Academia?

25th May, 2017


Department Reader Dr Bhaskar Vira is part of a team of co-authors, from a wide range of academic institutions and outside academia, behind a new article on Bioscience which contains important challenges to modern research. The article makes crucial arguments for the ways in which academic institutions need to drastically innovate in order to produce science that is of service to society and the planet.

An interview with fellow co-author Dr Bonnie Keeler on the project is also available.

Resilient cities: new film

25th May, 2017


Head of Department Professor Ash Amin appears in a new British Academy film exploring questions of urbanisation and resilience: What are resilient cities? Why do plural urban economies matter? How can policy help address the challenges of urbanisation?

Kamchatkan volcanic ash travels half the world

24th May, 2017


Geochemical fingerprinting links microscopic ash found on the bottom of a Svalbard lake to volcanic event happening 7000 years ago and 5000 km away.

Eruptions are cataclysmic events that may impact people living far from their volcanic sources.

A collaboration between researchers at the University of Bergan and Professor Christine Lane here at the University of Cambridge has now demonstrated that volcanic ash can travel even further, linking microscopic ash from an Arctic Lake to an eruption 7000 years ago, that occurred on Russia`s Kamchatka peninsula. A film of the project is also available.

Geography is awarded Silver Green Impact Award

23rd May, 2017


The Department of Geography has been awarded a Silver NUS Green Impact Award.

The Geography Green Impact Team worked hard to complete a bespoke workbook of green actions, which was reviewed by external auditors. Categories that the Department was judged on included procurement, events, social media, recycling, communication and environmental awareness.

Congratulations to the team!

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    Political Ecology Group meetings
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    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 13th June 2017:
    "The Shaman is the White Man's Computer": The interaction of shamanism and conservation in Amazonian Guyana. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
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    Polar Opposites: American and Norwegian voices in the exploration of Franz Josef Land. Details…
    Histories, cultures, environments and politics research seminars - Scott Polar Research Institute
  • 14th June 2017:
    Cultures of Forecasting on Mt. Merapi. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology