Geography, climate and physical environments

GESGeography, climate and physical environments integrates the study of environmental processes, landforms, soils and vegetation, climate and climate change, with human interactions and environmental management and policy.

There are two streams within this area of study:

  • Land, water and climate – provides a pathway for students in the humanities and social sciences to enhance their capacity to work in interdisciplinary policy areas such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity and cultural heritage conservation, environmental activism, sustainable consumption and green economies.
  • Geographical studies – provides an integrative approach for students interested in teaching geography at the secondary level or working in environmental education for local governments and public knowledge institutions.

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Student testimonial

“I always think of geography as the best accident that ever happened to me. When I started uni I had no intention of studying geography, but I decided to take some units in it because I was interested in international development. Every time I tell someone I am writing a thesis in geography their reaction is pretty much the same, “Oh, geography, that’s interesting… what does it actually involve?” I tell them that geography has fundamentally reshaped the way I view the world. That is enables me to consider human and physical phenomena from a unique perspective. I tell them that the study of geography will change the way you think about spaces, and is the most valuable area of study I have engaged in over my 8 years at university. Geography has allows me to study in rural South Africa, work on a consultation program with Oxfam International and is a discipline that has allowed me to combine my study in law and politics. Then they raise their eyebrows and say, “wow, it’s nothing like it was in school, I wish somebody had told me that geography is that interesting”.

- Giselle Diego, current honours student

Careers our graduates go into

Geography, climate and physical environments graduates can seek careers in the public, private and non-government sectors.

These include careers in land and water management; environmental policy; natural resource management; education; urban and regional development; conservation and heritage in national, state and local government agencies. Careers in the private sector are primarily based in environmental consulting, urban planning and economic policy. Careers in non-government organisations include major international aid and environmental conservation agencies and community-based groups.

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