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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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The Botanical City

21st May, 2020


The Botanical City has just been published.

This collection of essays, edited by Matthew Gandy and Sandra Jasper, emerges from Matthew's ERC project Rethinking Urban Nature.

The wide ranging set of essays explores the botanical dimensions of urban space, ranging from scientific efforts to understand the distinctive dynamics of urban flora to the way spontaneous vegetation has inspired artists and writers.

Outstanding dissertation award

15th May, 2020


Huge congratulations to one of our PhDs, Misbah Khatana (supervisor Mia Gray).

Misbah has just won the EGRG's 2019 dissertation prize for her dissertation on 'Navigating gendered space: The social construction of labour markets in Pakistan'.

Well done Misbah!

Communication at a distance

12th May, 2020


SPRI PhD Candidate, Premdeep Gill, recently joined the Royal Greenwich Museum as a special guest on their online show, speaking to BBC presenter Helen Czerski on the theme of communication at a distance throughout history.

Prem discussed his use of satellites to track seals and how he uses "seal grime" to connect with a wider audience, and encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to consider polar science and conservation.

The episode is available to watch online and featured on BBC online as part of their "culture in quarantine" programming.

New paper on subarctic treelines

12th May, 2020


A new paper, whose co-authors include Dr Gareth Rees, Dr Olga Tutubalina & Zuzana Swirad of the Scott Polar Research Institute, is now available as open access.

The paper, 'Is subarctic forest advance able to keep pace with climate change?' demonstrates that the still widespread assumption that treelines are moving northwards into the arctic tundra at a rate determined by climate change is wrong. The authors discuss that they are moving much more slowly than thought, and climate-change models must consequently be adapted accordingly.

Super seagrasses

8th May, 2020


Ellie Wilding (MPhil by research, 2019-2020) writes about flowering plants that live underwater, seagrasses - 'the undercover hero of the sea' -and how they might help combat climate change in the latest issue of 'BlueSci' magazine.

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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.

  • 28th May 2020:
    Assessing hazards in distributed volcanic fields. Details…
    Climate and Environmental Dynamics - Department of Geography
  • 4th June 2020:
    [online] On Blue Ice: Antarctic Meteorites and Deepening Planetary Time. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop