Understanding our changing planet


Geography is increasingly relevant in today’s complex world, giving us the perspective and tools to respond to many challenges facing society. At its core, the discipline of Geography seeks to provide a location context and practical solutions to address issues that span from the local to the global. This interdisciplinary field bridges the social sciences (human geography), information technology, and the natural and physical sciences (physical geography).

The Internationally-ranked Department of Geography and Environmental Management’s (GEM) has many strengths, including excellence in research and teaching driven by a dynamic and diverse interdisciplinary approach framed around four themes: climate change, development and environment, Earth system science and geomatics (the use of geographical information technology to study the environment). Our research-infused graduate and undergraduate programs offer innovative hands-on experiential training, quantitative and qualitative skills development, and integrative perspective that students need to tackle the toughest environmental and sustainability challenges. Our graduates are well-prepared to made an impact in the world and effect change across diverse industries.

  1. Apr. 24, 2018GEM Students' Winning Proposal on Aviation SustainabilityGEM Students Proposal

    Congratulations to GEM students Nehal Kanetkar, Tanya Iljas, Vineet Virwani (pictured in order) on their winning proposal to L&B Consultants on aviation sustainability. This was through their participation in the GEOG 474 course on Sustainability in Aviation, taught by Dr. Suzanne Kearns.

    The students issued the following statement:

  2. Apr. 8, 2018Dr. Suzanne Kearns launches new book!Dr. Suzanne Kearns holds her new book and smiles at the camera

    Congratulations to Geography and Aviation professor Dr. Suzanne Kearns, who recently launched her new book, Fundamentals of International Aviation, at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre.

  3. Apr. 4, 2018Dr. Sarah Burch leads study on small business sustainabilitystorefronts at night

    Dr. Sarah Burch and her GATE research have come out with new research on how Canadian small businesses think about sustainability! Read more and find a link to a research summary here

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