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Undergraduate study

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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Postgraduate study

Postgraduate 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

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 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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REF 2021

12th May, 2022

 

The results from the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) have highlighted the excellent research being undertaken at the Department. The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

96% of Cambridge's overall submissions under the most recent exercise have been rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. 50.8% of outputs submitted by the Department were awarded the highest rating of 4* overall, meaning that they were world leading. The Department was also recognised for its outstanding research environment which enables its researchers to flourish to their full potential.

The Department is delighted with this recognition of research excellence, and with the strength of research being undertaken in Geography across the United Kingdom. These results reflect a subject that is thriving intellectually, and making important contributions to the major challenges facing our planet and societies.

Sea ice can control Antarctic ice sheet stability, new SPRI research finds

17th May, 2022

 

SPRI researchers have used over 40 years of satellite observations and ocean and atmosphere records to show that abrupt changes in offshore sea ice cover can either safeguard from, or set in motion, the final rifting and calving of icebergs from even large Antarctic ice shelves.

The research, led by Dr. Frazer Christie, has been published as an article in the journal Nature Geoscience.

This research was supported in part by the Flotilla Foundation, Marine Archaeology Consultants Switzerland, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

New report assesses global anti-deforestation measures

4th May, 2022

 

A major new scientific assessment has evaluated the world's progress on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

The report analyses the past 10 years of REDD+ implementation – a global action plan to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation primarily in tropical and sub-tropical regions – with respect to forest governance, carbon measurements and effects on biodiversity and livelihoods.

One of the lead authors is Professor Bhaskar Vira, Head of the Department of Geography. He writes: "This report is being launched at a very important moment, and feeds directly into international discussions on climate change and biodiversity. There is an urgent focus on the role of land use and forests as part of our transitions towards a net zero future, and on the contributions that forests can make to biodiversity and livelihoods.

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Professor Philip Gibbard awarded the Merit Medal by the German Quaternary Association (Deuqua)

25th April, 2022

 

Emeritus Professor Philip Gibbard has been awarded the Verdienstmedaille (Merit Medal) by the German Quaternary Association (Deuqua). The medal is awarded biennially as a special honour for outstanding scientific achievements in Quaternary research.

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  • 19th May 2022:
    Arctic coastal communities and increasing shipping activities: local impacts and adaptive responses. Details…
    Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • 19th May 2022:
    Black in Geography: Blackness and Policing. Details…
    Black in Geography student led talks
  • 19th May 2022:
    The paradox of being poor, yet well fed and warm. Material welfare levels in the 17th and 18th century Southern Low Countries. Details…
    Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars
  • 24th May 2022:
    Ecoterritorial Turn and Relational Narratives in Latin America. From the Indianist moment to the Ecofeminist moment in the fights against Neo-extractivism. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 24th May 2022:
    Gondwanaland: The Modern History of an Ancient Continent. Details…
    Vital Geographies - Department of Geography
  • 25th May 2022:
    Middle Pleistocene Tephrochronology in the Ethiopian Rift: implications for the paleoanthropological and paleoclimatic records. Details…
    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
  • More seminars…