Welcome from the Director

Thank you for your interest in the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography (W-LPIG). We are a large program, currently comprising 179 graduate students and 42 faculty members. This makes us the second largest graduate geography program in Canada and, in fact, the sixth largest in North America1. The program was created in 1992 from two established graduate geography programs at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University2. The breadth and depth of expertise in faculty, staff and graduate students this represents creates a rich intellectual environment.

Here, students explore a range of research interests from the analysis of pressing social and environmental problems to theoretical questions of philosophical and technical import. They do this within a wide variety of geography sub-disciplines and often as part of on-going multi-disciplinary projects. Moreover, problem solving from a geographic perspective is particularly useful in this time in our history when changes to, and movements and displacements of, biotic and abiotic systems within the landscape are largely being driven by the global and local impacts of human activity and human induced climatic change.

Please take a few moments to explore some details of our program. To learn more about W-LGPIG I encourage you to contact our faculty, current graduate students or support staff, any of whom would be happy to answer questions, meet with you or arrange a tour. A good starting point for general enquiries is either of our support staff Alan Anthony (UWaterloo) or Jennifer Drowns (Laurier).

Dr. Sanjay Nepal
Director of Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography
519-888-4567, ext. 31239


  • 1 American Association of Geographers (AAG), Guide 2010-11.
  • 2 Martin, G. F., "All Possible Worlds: A history of geographical ideas, fourth edition", Oxford University Press, 2005. pp. 294.