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Geography is a discipline that investigates environments of different kinds (urban, built, natural) by asking what processes, operating at different scales, have created those environments. It also focuses on places, asking why places have the characteristics they do. A key strength of Geography is the way it invites the physical and social sciences into conversation, to respond to questions about spatial processes, both physical and social, and the nature of places. Many Geographers see their discipline as making important contributions to the creation of more just societies and more sustainable environments.
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International engagements generating vibrant teaching, research, organisational and community networks underpin our approach to a globally engaged geographical scholarship.View
- Applications open for 2017 Artist in Residency ProgramNews
- Speaking with: Ilan Wiesel and Ray Forrest about the impact of the super rich on our cities
The impact the super rich have on our cities and culture.The Conversation
- Research supporting Mildura's 'hidden farmers' News
- Prof Jon Barnett named new Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences News
- Hope and grief for our environmental future
Professor Lesley Head, Head of the School of Geography, is tackling our sustainability issues from a different perspectiveScience Matters on Pursuit
- Celebration of Ruth Fincher's contribution to geographyNews
- Stories from the Indian Himalayas Science Matters on Pursuit
- RN Scientist in Residence talks innovation and climate changeNews
- Dr Adam Bumpus in Top 5 Under 40 Science CommunicatorsNews
- The climate legacies in our lakes
Biogeographer Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher tells of exploring ‘natural archives’ to piece together our environmental history – and shine a light on the futureScience Matters on Pursuit
- Discovered: The Drowned Apostles
Scientists have discovered a range of ancient limestone stacks, just offshore from their iconic cousins, the Twelve Apostles on Australia's south coastScience Matters on Pursuit
- Melbourne University, now with drones!
New opportunities in remote sensing and research data acquisition will be generated with the launch of a new drone project, the Melbourne Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration PlatformMUSSE
- Tassie fires linked to human-induced climate change, study finds
Research by Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher from the School of GeographyABC
- Thousands attend historic graduation ceremonyNews
- High fives for Science in ERA
The reputation of the Faculty of Science as a destination for world-leading research has been given a boost from ERA 2015News
Thursday 12:00pm - 1:00pmPhD Confirmation Seminar: Tactics and temporalities of high-rise living: the production of inclusivi...Seminar/Forum
Tuesday 10:00am - 11:00amPhD Completion Seminar: Producing difference: The political economy of small-scale fisheries governa...Seminar/Forum
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmEncountering Europe Otherwise: postcolonial travellers in the 1950sSeminar/Forum
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmStates in-between: Climate change, beneficial flooding, and everyday resourcefulness in HpaAn, Myanm...Seminar/Forum
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmWhen good rivers go bad: causes and consequences of river avulsionsSeminar/Forum
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmExploring culturally diverse perspectives on Australian environmentsSeminar/Forum
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmMobility, labour and dwelling in challenging timesSeminar/Forum
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmSpecies diversity in a fractal worldSeminar/Forum
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmThe politics of Australian smart grid experimentsSeminar/Forum
The School of Geography at the University of Melbourne is embarking on an exciting period of growth. This follows its move into the Science Faculty at the start of 2015, and the recognition there of the importance of Geography’s capacity to work in and across both the social and natural sciences.
At Melbourne you can undertake a Geography major as part of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Environments. These lead on to various Masters and PhD programs and a diversity of career opportunities.
Our current areas of world-leading research strength include international development, urbanisation, biogeography and earth surface processes, with an overarching interest in environment and environmental change. We are also embarking on a new specialisation in health geography.
Geography has been taught at the University for more than 50 years (for more on our history, see here). Whether you join our journey as a student, a researcher, a community/industry collaborator, or all three, we look forward to your participation in the next fifty years.
Professor Lesley Head
Head of School