Understanding our Changing Planet

Finding practical solutions to complex problems. As a globally respected discipline, Geography is highly relevant in today’s complex world, giving us the perspective and tools to respond to many challenges facing society. At its core, 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 (geomatics), and the natural and physical sciences (physical geography) in finding sustainable solutions to global to local problems. At Waterloo, Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) does all of this.

If you are interested in research-infused graduate and undergraduate programs that offer innovative hands-on experiential training, quantitative and qualitative skills development, and an integrative perspective that needed to tackle the toughest environmental and sustainability challenges, you have come to the right place.

  1. Nov. 17, 2017Phil Howarth awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Camsell Medal

    Congratulations to Philip Howarth, Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Waterloo, and past governor of the RCGS.

  2. Oct. 31, 2017Jonathan Price and Richard Kelly awarded CFI Innovation Funding for Wetland and Cryospheric Science

    Dr. Jonathan Price and Dr. Richard Kelly in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management have been awarded funds totalling more than $1.5M for cutting edge research in wetland and cryospheric science.

  3. Sep. 15, 2017Sarah Burch Appointed to College of New Scholars at the Royal Society of Canada

    Sarah Burch, Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, has been appointed to the College of New Scholars at the Royal Society of Canada. The citation reads:

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