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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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The challenge and opportunities of turbulent times

14th February, 2019


Professor Ron Martin addressed the Regional Studies Association in his role as President exploring the challenges and opportunities brought about by recent economic and political turbulence. An extract is published on the RSA blog.

Surface lakes cause Antarctic ice shelves to 'flex'

13th February, 2019


A team of British and American researchers, co-led by Alison Banwell and Ian Willis at the Scott Polar Research Institute, has measured how much the McMurdo ice shelf in Antarctica flexes in response to the filling and draining of meltwater lakes on its surface. This type of flexing had been hypothesised before and simulated by computer models, but this is the first time the phenomenon has been measured in the field. The results are reported in the journal Nature Communications.

Rising seas: to keep humans safe, let nature shape the coast

11th February, 2019


Writing in The Conversation, Department Lecturer Dr Iris Moeller argues that rising sea levels won't be solved by trying to keep the coast in place, instead, for a defence from coastal flooding, we need to take a step back and let nature decide.

Does the north pole still matter?

8th February, 2019


Is the North Pole still important, when most of us will never visit it and know almost nothing about it? A new book by Dr Michael Bravo charts the history of the North Pole and finds a place that is both real and imaginary, with fascinating stories to tell

Third Centenary Lecture: Professor Derek Gregory

6th February, 2019


On Thursday 7 Feb the Department will welcome alumnus and former staff member Professor Derek Gregory of the University of British Columbia to deliver the third in our Centenary Lecture Series.

Professor Gregory will speak on 'Bloody Geography: injured bodies and the space of modern war'. 5pm, Large Lecture Theatre, all welcome!

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Cambridge Geography 1919-2019

The Cambridge Geography Tripos turns 100 in 2019. We are celebrating with a programme including a Centenary Lecture Series, London public panel and Alumni Celebration Day. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events soon.

  • 18th February 2019:
    Conflicts, State Growth and Economic Inequality in Pre-Industrial Germany, c. 1400-1618. Details…
    Graduate Workshops in Economic and Social History
  • 20th February 2019:
    ARCTIC CULT. Details…
    ERC Research Presentations, Department of Geography
  • 20th February 2019:
    'If only this could be my last': new ideas about reducing family size during the demographic transition. Details…
    The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series
  • 20th February 2019:
    The freedom to act incompetently and the right to be fed suitably: Childhood and agency in the medieval English village. Details…
    Medieval Economic and Social History Seminars
  • 21st February 2019:
    European building activity in times of crisis, 13th-17th centuries. Details…
    Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars
  • 25th February 2019:
    The Origins of ‘Penitents’: The Socio-Economic Backgrounds of the Inmates in an English Anglican Magdalen Home, 1848-1914 . Details…
    Graduate Workshops in Economic and Social History
  • 26th February 2019:
    Assembling Conservation as Territoriality in Timor-Leste. . Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 27th February 2019:
    Urban ecologies: governing nonhuman life in global cities. Details…
    ERC Research Presentations, Department of Geography
  • 27th February 2019:
    Purchasing Paradise: gardens in the English economy, 1660-1815. Details…
    Quantitative History Seminar
  • 28th February 2019:
    Partnerships in Mining: Stories, Emotions, and the Quest for Stable Relationships in the Greenlandic Mining Sector. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • More seminars…