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Flinders University


Geography was established as one of the foundation disciplines at Flinders University in 1966. As the School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management it is now one of the larger academic units within the Faculty of Social Sciences at Flinders University.

The School comprises 13 research-active academic staff, 10 adjunct staff, 5 general staff, 15 PhD students, 50 Masters students, plus several hundred undergraduate students.

Since 2000, the School has shifted from offering mainly human geography, population studies and development studies courses within a limited range of degrees to being a multi-faceted educational provider of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in human and physical geography; environmental management; GIS [Geographic Information Systems]; development studies; population studies; and health and international development.

Our areas of special research interest include urban social geography, including housing studies; urban and regional development; population studies and demography; environmental studies and environmental management; geographies of oppression, representation and communication; geographical education; and applications of geographical information systems. Regionally we concentrate on Australia, but we also study the Asian-Pacific region (especially Indonesia) and global issues more broadly.

The School's website sets out full details of academic staff, programs, and recent events.


  Otago University

The University of Otago

The website of the Commonwealth Geographical Bureau is hosted by the Department of Geography at the University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest University.


Geography teaching began at the University of Otago with a first year course in 1946. In 2005 the Department has 19 academic and general staff, with well over 300 equivalent full time students taking Geography courses. The postgraduate student count in 2004 was 80 equivalent full time students, 11 of whom are enrolled for the PhD.


Geography at Otago has programmes leading to Arts or Science degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and its graduates have made their mark in a wide range of occupations.
An applied science degree in Environmental Management and
and a postgraduate Masters degree in Planning are also run. When complemented by selected papers from other disciplines, Geography offers students an opportunity to develop a degree
programme that contains a strong or even dominant component focused on environmental concerns: from problem analysis to evaluation, planning and management.

Click here to visit the Department of Geography at the University of Otago.






National University of Singapore

Geography comes of ageā€¦ 75 years to be exact

The Department of Geography NUS celebrated its 75th anniversary at the Orchard Hotel on 28 August 2004 with a nostalgic evening of friendships renewed over food, entertainment, games and reminisces, Over 200 alumni, ex-colleagues, friends, staff and students attended the dinner, a testament to the strong bonds built with one another and to the Department. The department is one of three which in the Faculty to be established in Raffles College in 1929.

The dinner was a walk down memory lane for many. Old teachers, students and colleagues met one another, in many cases for the first time since they had left the university. The most senior alumni attending the dinner obtained his B.A. from the Department in 1951/52 (Dr Ooi Jin Bee, Head of Department in 1971-76, 1978-88), and the most recent in July 2004. Several ex-staff and alumni of the department also travelled from all parts of the world to attend the dinner including Ms Doris Ong (Class of 1968) who flew in from Phoenix (USA) and ex-staff members who came from Leeds, Manchester and Hong Kong. Professor Lily Kong (Vice Provost; Class of 1986), Professor Lai Choy Heng (Vice Provost) and Associate Professor Tan Tai Yong (Dean, FASS) also graced the dinner.

Apart from a valuable chance to reunite with old friends and rekindle social ties, guests also enjoyed exciting games and entertainment. Most memorable were the musical performances by the Elderly Brothers (comprising members of the Class of 1972) and Eric Lee (Class of 1992), and a skit by Silva Kandiah (Class of 1972) who had the crowd in stitches as he reminisced wryly on life in the university and Singapore. Most heart-warming was the generous support provided by alumni of the department who not only turned out in great force at the dinner, but who also provided most of the gifts and prizes for the celebration. Many left with a reinforced sense of spirit and belonging to the department, agreeing that it was a truly delightful and memorable evening and, until the next dinner organized by the department, would be the start of regular reunions amongst themselves.

A /P Shirlena Huang, Head of Department, presenting a token to A/P Victor Savage (President, CGB) who was nominated the most inspiring lecturer by the Geography alumni.



The Class of 72 entertaining the diners



A/P Henry Yeung (Southeast Asia representative of CGB) with Prof Yeung Yue-Man, Chinese University of Hong Kong.









University of Cape Town

Environmental and Geographical Science at UCT is characterised by an integrated approach to the study of human-environment relations. The discipline requires the practitioner to draw on a range of knowledge and skills associated with the natural and social sciences. The student is offered a sound theoretical and practical training in the study of environmental and geographical sciences. For example, the senior undergraduate year adopts a systematic and integrated approach to various fields such biogeography, climatology, environmental management, geomorphology and urban geography. Fieldwork and self-initiated research projects form an integral part of the under-graduate and post graduate courses. The Department of Environmental and Geographical Science offers a range of undergraduate courses. Training in the field of environmental and geographical science may lead to career opportunities in fields such as environmental management, cartography, research, education, community development and tourism. The department also offers a range of post-graduate studies leading to Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees.

The Environmental Evaluation Unit and the Dias aster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Project (DIMP) are associated with the department and operate from the Shell Environmental and Geographical Science building. The staff members of these units consult on a wide range of practical environmental issues and problems, and also contribute to the teaching and research activities of the academic department.

Latest news includes the appointment of Professor Jonathan Crush of Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, as Honorary Professor in the department. We look forward to further productive engagements with Professor Crush, especially in relation to his significant research on migration studies in southern Africa.

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