The world is your classroom

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. Feb. 15, 2017Professor Susan Elliott appointed to the Federal Food Expert Advisory Committee of Canada

    Susan J. Elliott, Professor of Geography, has been appointed to the Federal Food Expert Advisory Committee (  The Food Expert Advisory Committee (FEAC) was established to provide Health Canada's Food Directorate (FD) with broad expert advice on its regulatory and administrative oversight of foods.

  2. Dec. 7, 2016Eight students present GEM Indonesia fieldcourse research results at CRHnet 2016 conferenceCHRnet 2016

    Five undergraduate and three graduate students recently attended the annual Canadian Risks and Hazards network (CRHnet) symposium on 22-25 November in Montreal. Students presented results from research carried out as part of the “Indonesia field course” (Geog 430C/692) run by Dr. Brent Doberstein in May 2016. 

  3. Nov. 25, 2016Geography alumnus receives lifetime teaching awardDouglas Koegler

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