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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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Big Freeze Art Festival launches

4th March, 2021


This spring, the Scott Polar Research Institute is holding an online art festival. Featuring visual art, poetry, textile art, sound works and films the art festival presents a range of perspectives on the Arctic and Antarctic. Join our live events, catch up on films and blog posts and make your own polar self portrait.

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Engaging the public in the Census 2021

26th February, 2021


Dr Alice Reid and colleagues have been awarded one of 15 projects by the AHRC/ESRC to engage the public in Census 2021. This project will inform KS3 students about the relevance of the Census, provide insight into being a data-driven social scientist and enhance the school curriculum. Using Census returns from the early nineteenth century to the present day, students from South Wales state schools will co-produce school resources that explore aspects of Census taking and Census data.

Living on a coral atoll: What does the future hold?

21st January, 2021


Sea-level coral atolls, and their populations, are seen as being high vulnerable to global environmental change. But this debate has largely been framed around the single impact of sea level rise and island submergence.

Now an international team, including the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit's Tom Spencer, has analysed the cumulative risk from multiple drivers (sea‐level rise; changes in rainfall, ocean–atmosphere oscillations and tropical cyclone intensity; ocean warming and acidification) to five Habitability Pillars: Land, Freshwater supply, Food supply, Settlements and infrastructure, and Economic activities.

Risks will be highest on Western Pacific atolls which will experience increased island destabilisation together with a high threat to freshwater, and decreased land‐based and marine food supply. But at all locations, risk will increase even under a low emission scenario by the mid‐century, requiring urgent and ambitious adaptation efforts.

Environmental Diplomacy in the Arctic

19th January, 2021


Geographer Richard Powell appeared today, 19 January 2021, as a witness before the Foreign Affairs Committee's inquiry into 'Environmental Diplomacy'. The inquiry is examining the UK Government's strategic approach to environmental diplomacy, particularly in the context of COP26.

Richard contributed evidence to a session addressing the geopolitics and governance of the polar regions. The Committee business is all being held virtually.

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  • 9th March 2021:
    How places matter: A new theory of environmental value. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 9th March 2021:
    Change, continuity and value in Svalbard. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - HCEP (Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics) Research Seminars
  • 10th March 2021:
    Major macro-socioeconomic driving forces of China’s mortality decline in recent decades. Details…
    The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series
  • 11th March 2021:
    Greenland Geopolitics in the light of renewed American attention. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • 11th March 2021:
    Lethal Necessities: Precarity, Citizenship, and the Paradigm of Racial Violence (Subaltern & Decolonial Citizenships series). Details…
    Infrastructural Geographies - Department of Geography
  • 12th March 2021:
    Black in Geography Pat Noxolo Talk - 12th March 1-2pm . Details…
    Black in Geography student led talks
  • More seminars…