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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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Cambridge Legal Geographies Symposium on Friday 20th September

10th September, 2019


Legal geographies symposium: Friday 20th Sept, 12-2pm,
Small Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography.

Dr Alex Jeffrey and Dr Francesca Moore are pleased to convene a symposium of new and emerging research in Cambridge Legal Geographies. If you are working on the law or would like to hear about new developments in the field from historical geographies of colonial rule to war crime and feminist geography please do join us for presentations and discussion.

Biological Extinctions: New Perspectives

9th September, 2019


Many congratulations to CCRU alumnus, Dr Anna McIvor who has co-edited, with Partha Dasgupta and Peter Raven, ' Biological Extinction: New Perspectives' (CUP, 2019). The book argues that we need to take a wide view of extinction across a range of socio-ecological systems, with chapters from leading thinkers in biology, economics, geology, archaeology, demography, architecture and intermediate technology.

Vintage film reveals Antarctic glacier melting

3rd September, 2019


Newly-digitised vintage film has doubled how far back scientists can peer into the history of underground ice in Antarctica, and revealed that an ice shelf on Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is being thawed by a warming ocean more quickly than previously thought. This finding contributes to predictions for sea-level rise that would impact coastal communities around the world.

Researchers digitised about 250,000 flight miles of Antarctic radar data originally captured on 35mm optical film between 1971 and 1979 as part of a collaboration between Stanford and the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) at the University of Cambridge. The data has been released to an online public archive through Stanford Libraries, enabling other scientists to compare it with modern radar data in order to understand long-term changes in ice thickness, features within glaciers and baseline conditions over 40 years.

Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, a co-author of the paper, commented: "These early records of ice thickness provide an important baseline against which we can measure the rate of change of the Antarctic Ice Sheet over the past 40 or so years. The high-resolution digitization of these records crucially makes them available for a series of important investigations on aspects of Antarctic environmental change."

Predicting Future Oceans

30th August, 2019


Congratulations to Mike Bithell, Tom Spencer, Rachel Seary and Chris McOwen (our long-term research collaborator at UNEP-WCMC) for their chapters on 'Drivers of fisheries production in complex social-ecological systems' and 'The future of mangrove fishing communities' in the capstone book, 'Predicting Future Oceans'.

The volume celebrates 8 years of the Nippon Foundation Nereus Program, a collaborative research partnership of 18 institutes, including Cambridge Geography, worldwide. Rachel's mangrove chapter stems from one of three PhDs associated with the Program, following Laurens Geffert's 'Improving species distribution models for commercially important marine species on a global scale' and preceding current student Frederique Fardin's 'Climate Change, Mangrove Forests, and Fisheries, in South-East Asia and the Caribbean'.

Reconstructing the past extent of Northern Hemisphere ice sheets

28th August, 2019


Dr Christine Batchelor and Professor Philip Gibbard of the Scott Polar Research Institute, together with researchers from the University of Cambridge's Department of Zoology, Durham University, University of Sussex, and Charles University in Prague, have published a paper in Nature Communications about the configuration of Northern Hemisphere ice sheets through the Quaternary.

In this study, the authors compile a synthesis of empirical data and numerical modelling results related to Northern Hemisphere ice sheets to produce new hypotheses regarding their extent at 17 time-slices that span the last 3.6 million years. These reconstructions, which are available as a series of maps and shapefiles of ice-sheet extent, illustrate significant variations in ice-marginal positions between glacial cycles.

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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.

  • 8th October 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 10th October 2019:
    Opening up a new dimension in economic, social and demographic history: sexually transmitted diseases and infertility. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • 15th October 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 17th October 2019:
    The safety revolution in oceanic shipping, c. 1780-1825. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • 22nd October 2019:
    Affective economies and the atmospheric politics of lively capital. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 24th October 2019:
    #AanaJaana [#ComingGoing]: Curating gendered digital lives in Delhi's urban peripheries. Details…
    Department of Geography - main Departmental seminar series
  • 24th October 2019:
    tbc. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • 29th October 2019:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 29th October 2019:
    Meat to Mittens: a short history of survival science and extreme physiology in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Details…
    Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics research seminars at SPRI
  • 31st October 2019:
    The occupational structure of China (1736-1898) and the Great Divergence. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • More seminars…