The Department of Geography offers graduate training leading to the degrees
of Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the following
1. Work, Identity, and Place
Labour geographies; labour market restructuring and regulation; international
divisions of labour; labour migration; knowledge, creativity and skills;
employment equity; entrepreneurship; gender divisions of labour.
Faculty: Donald, Holmes,
Kobayashi, Mullings, McDonald.
2. Globalization, Development, Economies and Sustainability
Effects of globalization neoliberalism and the new economy; development
economies and restructuring; industrial geographies; commodity chains
and cultural economy; economy and governance; innovation; transnational
economies; political economies of cities; global change and health; international
Faculty: Donald, Holmes,
Mullings, Rosenberg, McDonald.
3. Bodies, Health, and Health Care
The human and social body; socio/historical constructions of bodies; bodies
and nature; access to health care; gender and health; emotional geographies;
aging; demographic change; critical disability studies; food, nutrition,
and food security; health and environment; environmental justice.
Faculty: Cameron, Davidson,
4. Citizenship, Identity, Justice and Governance
Immigration; race and racism; feminist geographies; citizenship participation
and social justice; social movements; identity, multiculturalism, and
cosmopolitanism; urban citizenship; indigenous social justice (historical
and contemporary); access to services; urban governance; urban land use
planning and change; housing.
Faculty: Cameron, Chen,
5. Postcolonialism, Indigenous Peoples and Place
Historical and contemporary: practices of representation; indigenous places;
literary geographies; colonial and postcolonial discourses; emotional
geographies of place; cultural politics of race, class, and gender; geographies
of nature and science.
Faculty: Cameron, Godlewska,
6. Earth System Science
The broad emphasis in the field of Earth System Science is on developing
an integrative understanding of the Earth as a physical system of interrelated
phenomena. The focus is on the interaction and linkages between the lithosphere,
atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere and on physical, chemical,
and biological processes operating at a wide range of spatial and temporal
scales. Measurement, integration, and modelling of earth system elements
to understand these linkages are key foci of research and graduate training
activities. Field measurements and sample collection are matched with
laboratory and data analysis, and modelling.
The overlapping foci of faculty research fall into two broad themes:
Forest Ecosystems and Cold Regions. The former emphasises the primary
biophysical and physiological processes of forest systems (especially
boreal), exchange of energy, water, and trace gases, and local and regional
integration with remote sensing and modelling approaches. The latter focus
operates across diverse polar and alpine environments, with emphasis on
hydrological, marine, geomorphic and biogeochemical processes and sedimentary
Faculty: Chen, Danby,
7. Geographic Information Science
Faculty examine the theoretical, technical and applied aspects of cartography,
geographic information systems, remote sensing and image processing, and
modeling of human and natural systems.
Specific research interests include: contemporary and historical cartography;
land cover/use change detection and analysis; disease modeling; mapping/modeling
human impacts on the environment; social, economical, and environmental
interaction; biophysical remote sensing; image processing; resource/location
optimization; geo-visualization; environmental exposure analysis; accuracy
and error modeling.
Faculty: Barber, Chen,
8. School of Urban and Regional Planning and Geography Department Coordinated Degree Program
The coordinated degree program is intended to help geography students who want a fast-track professional degree in urban and regional planning. The coordinated degree program makes it possible for geography students to finish their BA / B.Sc. and MPL. degrees in less time than it would take to pursue the degrees independently.
Geography and city planning are related fields. Geographers often consider the spatial implications of urban and regional issues and have a special focus on place. It is quite natural, therefore, to consider the integration of the two related fields. Today urban and regional planning is a broad field and people with different backgrounds are needed for the different work that is done by planners. The multi-disciplinary dimensions of urban planning provide students with a breadth of options to pursue in their studies.