Arctic Iqaluit, Nunavut

MA graduate student Sara Statham in Iqaluit, Nunavut (the southeast coast of Baffin Island), where she has undertaken fieldwork regarding food security and climate change.

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Zanzibar Africa

Undergraduate students on the Africa Field Semester gain a greater appreciation of the roles of mangrove ecosystems.

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South America Peruvian Amazon

MSc graduate student Meghan Doiron’s (on right) research focuses on understanding the information sharing networks that link ribereño households in the north-eastern Peruvian Amazon.

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Tamil Nadu Southern India

Geography and IDS Joint Honours student Stephanie Austin completing interviews regarding organic agriculture and livelihoods in Tamil Nadu.

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The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group

The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (CCARG) led by Dr. James Ford: The group’s research takes place at the interface between science and policy, working with Indigenous communities on climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning

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The Occupy Movement and the Top 1% in Canada

In a forthcoming paper to be published in Antipode, Prof. Sebastien Breau explores recent patterns of inequality in Canada, paying particular attention to changes in the characteristics of the top 1% of income earners.

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MA graduate Vicki Kyeyune tries on local ethnic minority Hmong clothing, after interviews regarding hybrid maize and food security in upland Vietnam.


A partnership between municipal employees, academics, and members of the private and non-profit sectors, Geothink is the largest grant investigating the implications of increasing two-way exchanges of locational information between citizens and their city governments. 

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Welcome to McGill Geography

Geography is the study of physical environments and human habitats. It deals with people and places. It covers issues such as global warming and climate change, food and water resources, management of ecosystems, human health, regional economic disparities, urban infrastructure, native land claims and permafrost problems. Both a physical and a social science, it provides a unique opportunity to obtain a broad exposure to modes of analyzing the many environmental and situational problems of contemporary society. Our department is based in the Faculty of Science and offers degrees at the Bachelors (B.A., B.Sc, & B.A.Sc.), Masters (M.A. & M.Sc), and Ph.D. levels.

Activities and Announcements

Geography Alumni Panel Friday March 22nd 

The McGill Undergraduate Geography Society and Geography Graduate Society are co-hosting the Annual Geography Mentorship Program Alumni Panel this Friday March 22nd in Burnside Hall room 426 starting at 4pm. Come hear from some our Department's alumni, and have a chance to mingle with current and past students after the event! The panel will be followed by a wine and cheese mixer.

Posted March 19th, 2019

Upcoming geospectives talk by Prof. Pamela McElwee

Professor Pamela McElwee from Rutgers University will be giving a geospectives talk on March 29th titled "Environmental Rule and Ecological Restoration in the Anthropocene:Lessons from Vietnam." The talk will take place in Burnside Hall 426 starting at 12:00pm.

Posted March 19th, 2019

Teaching Assistantship position for Geog495

The geography department is looking for a Teaching Assistant for Field Studies in Physical Geography(Geog495). If you are interested in applying, please fill out this form. The deadline for applications is March 24, 2019.

Posted February 22, 2019

Increased hours for undergraduate advising in Geography

Good news everyone! The Geography Undergraduate Advisor Ms. Michelle Maillet is now available full-time to help students navigate the intricacies of their Geography programs, including the Sustainability, Science & Society major/honours! Come by Burnside Hall room 323 during her drop-in hours, or send her an email at advisor.geog [at] with your availabilities to book an appointment. Her new expanded drop-in hour schedule is as follows: Mondays from 1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm, Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, and Fridays from 1pm to 4pm.

Posted January 29, 2019

Professor Sarah Moser talks on the CBC National on new master planned cities

Professor Sarah Moser appeared on CBC National news this week to discuss massive urban developments that are being designed to jump-start economies in the developing world.  Click through to the article This Is Big Money.
Posted March 14, 2019

Doctoral student Genevieve Reid awarded SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Genevieve Reid was awarded a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, which will be at University of British Columbia-Okanagan. With her postdoc supervisor, Jon Corbett, her research will question the liberation claims commonly associated with geospatial web technologies and issues related to data sovereignty. Indigenous communities might take back power with geospatial technologies that would allow them to have ownership over their data, and control over the ways in which this data is used. Ms. Reid will build on her dissertation, which researched Indigenous geospatial ontologies of space-time.

Posted March 11, 2019

New book by Professor Natalie Oswin

Global City Futures Professor Natalie Oswin's single authored book titled "Global City Futures: Desire and Development in Singapore" has just been published.  The book offers a queer analysis of urban and national development in Singapore, the Southeast Asian city-state commonly cast as a leading “global city.”

Posted March 6, 2019

Spatial Knowledge and Information (SKI) - Canada 2019

Professors Sieber, McKenzie, and Sengupta co-organized the 7th conference on Spatial Information and Knowledge (SKI) - Canada (with colleagues from University of Calgary and University of Saskatchewan) which just wrapped up in Banff, Alberta. Proceedings and further information on the conference are available here.

Posted February 24, 2019