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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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How I decided not for profit was right for me: Geography careers

21st May, 2019


In a new blog, Cambridge Geography graduate Jen Durrant talks about her career journey in the third sector.

Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese, study suggests

20th May, 2019


New work by Cambridge Geography PhD student Lander Bosch suggests that Children who regularly walk or cycle to school are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who travel by car or public transport.

Based on results from more than 2000 primary-age schoolchildren from across London, the researchers found that walking or cycling to school is a strong predictor of obesity levels, a result which was consistent across neighbourhoods, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. The results are reported in the journal BMC Public Health.

Amount of carbon stored in forests reduced as climate warms

15th May, 2019


Accelerated tree growth caused by a warming climate does not necessarily translate into enhanced carbon storage, an international study suggests.

The team, led by Professor Ulf Buentgen, found that as temperatures increase, trees grow faster, but they also tend to die younger. When these fast-growing trees die, the carbon they store is returned to the carbon cycle.

The results, reported in the journal Nature Communications, have implications for global carbon cycle dynamics. As the Earth's climate continues to warm, tree growth will continue to accelerate, but the length of time that trees store carbon, the so-called carbon residence time, will diminish.

Weak and wobbly or strong and stable?: Salt marshes as buffers against coastal erosion

9th May, 2019


As the UK prepares for climate change impacts at the coastal zone, research from Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (CCRU) determines the resistance of coastal salt marshes to extreme storms.

Salt marshes fringe much of the world's low-lying coasts. They act as a first line of defence against storm surge waves, reducing storm water levels and the run up of waves on landward sea defences. As a result, vulnerable shorelines and engineered coastal defences are at lower risk of suffering under the impact of climate change, for example through sea level rise and intense storms. Little is known, however, of the resistance of these natural buffers to the continued battering by waves and tides and even less is known about what kind of storm it takes to erode these protective fringes, and thus leaving the coast and the populations living alongside it considerably more vulnerable.

This short film explains how a team of Geographers and Geologists is planning to shed light on what makes salt marshes resistant to storm waves, using the latest remote sensing and soil scanning technologies alongside one of the world's largest indoor wave flumes.

Cambridge alumna wins RGS Royal Medal

8th May, 2019


Dame Fiona Reynolds, alumna of the Department of Geography and Master of Emmanuel College, has been awarded the 2019 RGS Royal Patron's Medal for "shift[ing] the debate on conservation and the environment into new territory for many people in the UK". Fiona, who previously served as Director General of the National Trust, as well Director of the Women's Unit in the Cabinet Office, Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks, spoke recently at our RGS public panel event on 'The Spirit and Purpose of Geography'.

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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.

  • 22nd May 2019:
    A new perspective on the role of public investment in sanitation and mortality decline in urban England 1870-1911. Details…
    The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series
  • 23rd May 2019:
    ‘They Should Do It Themselves’: Settler Affect and Indigenous Sovereignty on Alaska’s North Slope. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • 28th May 2019:
    Nature in the City: thinking 'post' ecologies in Delhi. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 4th June 2019:
    ‘To dam or not to dam?’ Issues in financing and developing large hydropower. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 6th June 2019:
    Antarctic Building and Dwelling: the Poetics of the 'Wide, White Page'. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • 11th June 2019:
    The continued marginalisation of cocoa farmers: from colonialism to contemporary, climate-smart governance. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 12th June 2019:
    Addressing health: sickness and retirement in the Victorian Post Office. Details…
    The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series
  • 13th June 2019:
    'Museum Entanglements: acquisitions, engagement and exhibitions at the Polar Museum. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • 18th June 2019:
    The Politics of Marine Biodiversity Data: Global and National Policies and Practices of Monitoring the Oceans. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 20th June 2019:
    The Sublimity of Sublimating Ice: Ruins of the Anthropocene. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop