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Geography (PhD)

In the geography program, you’ll work on important issues affecting society today, like conservation and the changing climate’s effect on human systems.

Our PhD program is research-oriented and designed to develop your expertise in a specific area of geography. You’ll complete a candidacy examination, research proposal, coursework and your final dissertation.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
3 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will:

  • acquire an advanced understanding of fundamental concepts and skills in one or more of the major domains of geography
  • design, execute, produce and disseminate original research relevant to the discipline of geography
  • communicate research and data clearly through written, oral and graphic means
  • collaborate and build relationships of respect with communities, colleagues and other research partners
  • learn the role, ethics and responsibilities of a geography researcher

Find a supervisor

PhD students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application.
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.
  • Include an email from your supervisor with your application.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you’ve found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Cameron Owens

Teaching Professor, Undergraduate Advisor, Honours Advisor Historical geographies; environmental assessment and sustainability; experiential learning

Chris Darimont

Raincoast Research Chair in Applied Conservation Science, Professor Conservation science; resource management; wildlife; marine-terrestrial interactions

Chris Bone

Associate Professor Geospatial technologies; spatial simulation modelling; human-environment interactions

Christina Hoicka

Associate Professor Energy geography; sustainability transitions; diffusion of innovations; renewable energy transformations

CindyAnn Rose-Redwood

Associate Teaching Professor Social geography; global migration; Caribbean studies; international student experiences

Crystal Tremblay

Assistant Professor Environmental governance; participatory community-based research; social justice

Dave Duffus

Associate Professor Whale research

David Atkinson

Professor, Department Chair Climate; weather and human and natural systems; data analysis; modelling; the Arctic

Denise Cloutier

Professor Older adults, health services research; quality of life; long-term care; social isolation; homelessness; mixed methods research; Indigenous methodologies

Dennis Jelinski

Professor Landscape and wildlife ecology

Deondre Smiles

Assistant Professor Critical Indigenous geographies; human-environmental interaction; political ecology; tribal cultural resource preservation

Eva Kwoll

Assistant Professor Geomorphology; sediment transport; flow-vegetation interaction; bedrock canyons

Ian O'Connell

Teaching Professor Geomatics

Jennifer Mateer

Assistant Professor, Limited Term Political ecology; environmental justice; socio-cultural geographies; critical geographies

Jutta Gutberlet

Professor International community-based development

Kristian Dubrawski

Assistant Professor Water; community; nature-based solutions; techno-ecological synergy

Mark Flaherty

Professor Aquaculture

Maycira Costa

Professor Remote sensing; coastal oceanography; wetlands; biogeophysical processes

Noémie Boulanger-Lapointe

Assistant Professor I am interested to better understand ecosystem functioning to solve applied environmental management and conservation issues. My research is interdisciplinary and thrive to create space for a multiplicity of knowledges (Indigenous, local, scientific) in a perspective of ecological and social justice. Spatial modeling is my tool of predilection which I use to synthesize complex information at the landscape to regional scale.

Randall Scharien

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor Remote sensing; cryosphere with specialization in Arctic sea ice

Reuben Rose-Redwood

Professor, Associate Dean, Academic Social and cultural geography; critical urban studies

Shannon Fargey

Assistant Teaching Professor Climate; mountain meteorology; hydrology; spatial analysis

Sophia Carodenuto

Assistant Professor Climate policy and practice; forest governance; Africa studies; global value chains

Sophie Norris

Assistant Professor

Teresa Dawson

Teaching Professor Geography pedagogy; feminist geographies; learning in community

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