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Department of Geography

Undergraduate study

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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Postgraduate study

Postgraduate 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

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 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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Posse Scholars at the Department of Geography

3rd October, 2022

 

The first Posse Scholar will join the Department in October 2022 as part of the new cohort for the MPhil in Anthropocene Studies.

"I joined the Posse community back in 2018 when I became part of the Los Angeles Posse cohort at Dickinson College, and it is such an honor to now come to Cambridge as a Posse student. I am so grateful for the friends and mentors who helped make this experience possible and continue to support and uplift me." - Cecilia Ribordy, Posse Scholar 2022-23.

For those interested in studying at Cambridge in future, the partnership will offer a further Posse Studentship for 2023 entry. To be considered for the studentship, applicants will need to apply by the deadline of the 1st December. There are many other opportunities for support available to promising applicants; the Gates US funding competition offers scholarships to candidates who demonstrate a capacity for leadership - the deadline to be considered for these scholarships is the 12th October.

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New evidence for possible liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars

29th September, 2022

 

An international team of researchers, led by Neil Arnold at SPRI, has revealed new evidence for the possible existence of liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars.

The team, including researchers from the University of Sheffield, the University of Nantes, University College, Dublin, and the Open University used spacecraft laser-altimeter measurements of the shape of the upper surface of the ice cap to identify subtle patterns in its height.

Their results agree with earlier ice-penetrating radar measurements that were originally interpreted to show a potential area of liquid water beneath the ice. There has been debate over the liquid water interpretation from the radar data alone, with some studies suggesting the radar signal is not due to liquid water.

The results, reported in the journal Nature Astronomy, provide the first independent line of evidence, using data other than radar, that there is liquid water beneath Mars' south polar ice cap.

Olga Tutubalina and Gareth Rees interviewed for BBC Radio 4

29th September, 2022

 

SPRI researchers Dr Gareth Rees and Dr Olga Tutubalina were interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Inside Science for a special programme about science collaborations with Russia. Listen online from 05:42.

New members of staff join the Department

26th September, 2022

 

With only one week to go before the start of term, we're delighted to welcome two new members of staff to the Department.

Rachael Garrett – Moran Professor of Conservation and Development

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take up the Moran Professorship in the Department of Geography and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative to pursue my passions at the intersection of conservation and development in such a rich interdisciplinary community.

Liam Saddington - Teaching Associate in Human Geography

I am excited to join the Department of Geography as a Teaching Associate in Human Geography. Through the "Living with Global Change" paper, I am looking forward to seeing how the undergraduates engage with my work on small island states to think more broadly about questions of climate justice, globalisation and equity in the 21st century.

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    A New History of Work in Early Modern England: Gender, Tasks and Occupations. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
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    Capitalism in a Colonial Context: African Merchants in Lagos, 1851–1921. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
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    The Necessity of Bubbles. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
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    Exploiting the Empires of Others: Reflections towards a Model of European Colonial Exploitation. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
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    A Respectable Living and Women’s Work, England, 1270-1860. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
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    German Silver Diplomacy and the Emergence of the Classical Gold Standard, 1871-1892. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
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