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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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NERC PhD studentships

20th November, 2018


Details of new NERC PhD studentships have been published. The Department of Geography/Scott Polar Research Institute is part of the interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, Cambridge Climate, Life and Earth Doctoral Training Programme (C-CLEAR DTP). The DTP has fifteen 3.5 year NERC studentships to award to successful candidates each year, for PhDs commencing 2019 to 2023.

Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy

20th November, 2018


Writing in The Conversation, Rogelio Luque-Lora, Bill Adams and Chris Sandbrook argue that camera traps are a very useful conservation tool but can harm human wellbeing and create conflict. The implications of camera trap technology for people's privacy and well-being need to be more widely and openly discussed, and good practice shared. Conservation projects need to make sure they have proper protocols in place to minimise social impacts and stop useful wildlife research tools from damaging both the short and long-term success of wildlife conservation projects.

Urban Ecologies: the Launch

19th November, 2018


This week will see the launch of Dr Maan Barua's ERC Horizon 2020 Starting Grant Project 'Urban ecologies: governing nonhuman life in global cities'. On the 21 Nov there will be an evening launch with a keynote by Prof Sarah Whatmore, FBA (University of Oxford) on 'Convivial Cities?', followed by lectures by Prof Ash Amin, FBA ('The metropolis and mental health), Prof Matthew Gandy, FBA ('From other-than-human to forensic ecologies') and Dr Philip Howell ('The trouble with liminanimals').

On Thursday 22 November this will be followed by a one-day workshop on Urban Ecologies: Feral, Cultivated, Wild, convened by Dr Maan Barua and Dr Philip Howell, which will focus on nonhuman life in the city, and how it might be understood through inter- and intra-disciplinary perspectives including human geography, behavioural ecology, ethology and urban studies. The workshop is supported by the ERC Horizon 2020 Urban Ecologies project, in conjunction with the Infrastructural Geographies and Vital Geographies Research Groups.

What's the best way to sample a tree ring?

13th November, 2018


A new paper by a team involving Ulf Buengten, Paul Krusic and Alma Piermattei explores the best way to take samples in tree ring research. Working with examples from 20 trees in northern Siberia, the team have found that disc samples are often quicker, extend further back in time and contain more low frequency information than cores. This means the samples are better at helping us reconstruct past climates.

Why conservation success stories in Tanzania need a closer look

12th November, 2018


A team involving PhD student Peadar Brehony explores the impact of new community-based conservation projects in Tanzania- and their sometimes limited success. Writing in The Conversation, the group are urging researchers, non-governmental organisations, funders, and the media to consider more carefully how their work affects rural communities and how to measure their ecological impact in more complex ways.

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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 November 2018:
    Climate Changed Urban Futures: imaginaries, experiments & justice in the Anthropocene city. Details…
    Centenary Lecture Series, Department of Geography
  • 22nd November 2018:
    Movers and stayers: populations, movement and measurement in historical demography. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • 22nd November 2018:
    Global Estimates of Marine Nitrogen Fixation based on a Non-Redfield Inverse Model. Details…
    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
  • 26th November 2018:
    The diffusion of mechanised technologies in the West Riding of Yorkshire textile industry c.1780­‐1911 and its impact on employment and wages. Details…
    Graduate Workshops in Economic and Social History
  • 27th November 2018:
    ‘Doing’ comparative research in South Asia: Positionality, postcolonial cities and the making of urban place. Details…
    Fieldwork Seminar: Methodologies in the 'field'
  • 27th November 2018:
    From a white desert to a strategic resource: history of the commodification of the Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 28th November 2018:
    Rethinking Urban Nature. Details…
    ERC Research Presentations, Department of Geography
  • 29th November 2018:
    Inducements to technical innovation in the British Industrial Revolution: markets, materiality and the invention of the spinning jenny. Details…
    Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
  • 11th December 2018:
    Discussion of Bram Büscher's new book - "Convivial Conservation" . Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 29th January 2019:
    The role of the Arctic in the development of Soviet climate science. Details…
    Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics research seminars at SPRI
  • More seminars…