Student and faculty research in the Department of Geography explores various dimensions of geographic change: from environmental, to urban, to political-economic.

Faculty Research

Faculty in the Department of Geography are active researchers and leading scholars in important areas of scientific inquiry and policy. The department has particular expertise in::

  • Global and Sustainable Development: impacts of globalization and structural change, diverse people and places; race, ethnicity, gender, identity and citizenship.
  • Urban Geography and Planning: dynamic urban processes and patterns, cultural landscape; critical studies of power and place and mobility; urban and transportation planning.
  • Geospatial Science: Earth observations, remote sensing, GIS, open source coding, data science and analytics, land-use/land-cover change modeling, and program management.
  • Human-Environmental Interaction: human-driven environmental change, climate change impacts and adaption, biodiversity, natural resource management, and hydrology.

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Student Research

All students gain experience in individualized research in collaboration with faculty. Undergraduates have diverse opportunities to undertake independent research or participate in faculty research, and all students do in-depth research in required undergraduate capstone courses. All graduate students do advanced experiential research through thesis or internships. Along the way, they develop critical project-management, data-collection, and critical-thinking skills. Projects have brought students to diverse places across the globe, from Oxford and Chicago in America's Midwest to Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. 

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