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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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Public Lecture: Racial Banishment: old and new forms of urban transformation in the United States

8th January, 2018


Professor Ananya Roy (UCLA Luskin) will detail key elements of racial banishment and indicate how urban transformation is articulated with necropolitics, including mass incarceration. Thinking from Los Angeles, she will argue that what is at stake is not only a more robust analysis of urban transformations but also attention to the various forms of urban politics that are challenging racial capitalism.

Professor Ananya Roy is visiting the Department as part of our Distinguished International Visitors Programme this January.

The lecture will be held on Thursday 18th January 2018, 5pm, in the Large Lecture Theatre, Main Geography Building, Downing Site.

Cambridge Geography tops Times Good University Guide

27th September, 2017


We are delighted to announce that the University of Cambridge Department of Geography has come top of the Geography and Environmental Science category in the Times Good University Guide 2018.

Pani, Pahar: Waters of the Himalayas

11th January, 2018


A photo essay on the Pani, Pahar research project, "Sacred, life affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas" is now available from the Guardian.

The project explores the escalating water crisis in the Himalayas. It is a collaborative project from Professor Bhaskar Vira and Dr Eszter Kovacs (Geography Department), photojournalist Toby Smith, the University Library, and the Centre for South Asian Studies.

Geography undergraduates at Caius publish academic paper

11th January, 2018


Third year Geography students at Caius have gained an early taste of academic publication, co-authoring a paper in a prestigious journal alongside an international team of scientists co-led by their former Director of Studies, Dr David Rose (now at UEA), with Juliette Young (CEH) and Nibedita Mukherjee (Exeter).

Book release: North Sea Surge, 2nd Edition: social accounts of the 1953 floods remain relevant over 60 years later

4th January, 2018


In 1953, England suffered its deadliest natural disaster in over 350 years. The cause - a North Sea Surge that swept its way down the east coast battering communities from Northumberland to Norfolk and beyond to the Thames Estuary. Over 300 people were killed in England alone, both during the storm and in the chaotic aftermath that followed.

As one of the few sociological accounts of the impacts on flood victims, North Sea Surge has often been cited by research scientists, in government reports and the press. Now in a second edition, James Pollard updates the unforgettable story of the East Coast Floods, in North Sea Surge: The story of the East Coast Floods of 1953, 2nd Edition.

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    Postcolonial theory and the project of urban studies. Details…
    Department of Geography - other talks
  • 18th January 2018:
    Whom to trust to moralise the market. Details…
    Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars
  • 18th January 2018:
    Racial banishment: Old and new forms of urban transformation in the United States. Details…
    Department of Geography - other talks
  • 23rd January 2018:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 23rd January 2018:
    Were nonconformist occupations different? A comparison with fathers' occupations from Anglican baptisms in six Welsh hundreds, 1813-20. Details…
    Quantitative History Seminar
  • 24th January 2018:
    The exceptional case of the late medieval English economy: comparing price, wage and rent trends to Scotland and the Southern Low Countries. Details…
    Medieval Economic and Social History Seminars
  • 25th January 2018:
    Reconstructing the extent, timing and palaeoclimatic significance of Quaternary glaciations in the Mediterranean region. Details…
    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
  • 29th January 2018:
    Scott’s and Shackleton’s Huts: Antarctic Heritage and International Relations. Details…
    Histories, cultures, environments and politics research seminars - Scott Polar Research Institute
  • 31st January 2018:
    Surface meltwater on the polar ice sheets under a changing climate. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - Physical Sciences Seminar
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    Elite women and the agricultural landscape . Details…
    Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars
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