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The Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) at University of Waterloo has a strong commitment to the discovery, application and dissemination of geographic knowledge focused on our home planet. Our environment goes beyond the natural world; it’s where we live, work and who we are. Understanding complexity requires excellence in research, teaching and an interdisciplinary approach which is as diverse as our students. Our graduate and undergraduate programs offer the theoretical and practical experience that students need to tackle the toughest environmental challenges and to help shape our sustainable future.

  1. Mar. 31, 2017Development of Amphibious Homes for Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations in Vietnam

    Twelve innovative projects will share a US$10 million competition pool to tackle flooding in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The partnership between the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) and Z Zurich Foundation of Zurich Insurance, will see grants of up to US$1m awarded to teams offering innovative solutions to issues affecting flood-prone communities in the Horn of Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Almost 400 initial Challenge entries were whittled down to a final 12 solutions considered to have the greatest potential impact.

  2. Mar. 30, 2017GEM scholars at the AAG (5-9 April, 2017)

    Several scholars (faculty and graduate student researchers) from the Department of Geography and Environmental Management will be presenting papers, leading sessions or will be members of expert panels at the American Association of Geographers meeting to be held in Boston, MA, from 5-9 April, 2017.

  3. Mar. 29, 2017Prestigious QES-AS funding awarded for PhD students and early career researchers in Geography and Environmental Management

    Two geography professors, Susan Elliott and Johanna Wandel, were awarded funds as part of Waterloo’s submission to the Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars (QES-AS) 2016 call, which funded projects at 23 Canadian universities.

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