Welcome to Geography and Environmental Science

  • The Centre for Geography and Environmental Science is recognised around the world as the leading geography program in Australia. Since its inception 50 years ago, it has produced some of Australia’s leading researchers and policy makers in climate and environmental change, land and water management, urban and regional economic development, and political ecology and international development. Our staff and students are engaged in teaching, research, analysis and actions that promote sustainable use and management of natural resources, landscapes and built environments across Australia and the world.

    Study with us:

    Undergraduate (BA, BSc):  Overview  |  Units offered  |  Field trips

    Honours year & thesis (BA, BSc):  Overview

    Masters by Coursework (Masters of Sustainability):  Overview

    Research Degrees (MA, MEnvSc, PhD):   Overview  |  Student profiles


  • A post-post Tsunami Assessment December 26th 2014 marked the tenth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the most destructive and deadliest natural disasters in history, killing nearly a quarter million people in 14 countries and devastating the lives and livelihoods of millions more. It also prompted an unprecedented international response. The heaviest damage and Read more
  • Just launched:  a new website called Trans-Plants that asks “what can we learn about humans through plant movements, weeds, and invasive aliens?”  It is a joint venture between GES researchers Priya Rangan, Christian Kull, and their collaborators on three ARC-funded research projects and on all the activities that have spun-off from there. The “acacia exchanges” project examines the history of multi-directional Read more
  • Craig Thorburn, Senior Lecturer in GES, comments on what poverty means in a  new video released by the Oak Tree Foundation (with Passel Media) for October 17’s International Anti-Poverty Day.    Within Our Reach from Passel Media on Vimeo. Read more

  • GES PhD student Tom Bach and Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan appeared yesterday in a 15 minute interview on ABC Radio’s Kimberley Mornings show with Vanessa Mills.  They discussed how indigenous communities define unwanted plants according to their cultural values and uses of their landscapes, and recounted specific examples from Tom’s research collaborations with Aboriginal ranger groups Read more
  • The next Seminar on the City hosted by Faculty of Arts at Monash University will be brought to us by Professor John Tomaney (of University College London, and adjunct at Monash), on “Place and Belonging in the City”.  Date: Thursday 28 August 2014 at 4pm in Room E561 of the Menzies building, Clayton campus. This lecture will examine Read more
  • The information session for the 2015 field trip will take place Friday 15th August at 2pm-3pm in E457 Menzies. The unit,”Field Studies in Regional Sustainability: South Africa” (ATS3553 / APG4553),  aims to sharpen the analytical abilities of students between levels 3 and 5 who wish to pursue careers in environmental policy, urban and regional planning, and international Read more
  • “Glasgow Games or Glasgow’s Shame?”.  That is how GES’s Libby Porter recently weighed in on the Commonwealth Games with a guest blog on the Planning Democracy site.  Libby, a self-described scholar-activist in geography and planning, writes “Critics of feel-good events like the Commonwealth Games, or any other major sporting event for that matter, are usually Read more
  • Thursday 31st July 4pm Clayton campus, Building 11, E561 Elizabeth Burchill Room Tony Moore, Communication and Media Studies, Monash University Abstract: Bohemia is a romantic response to the impact of the market economy on cultural production and consumption. As a performance of the self it is shaped by a love/hate relationship with the modern city, formed around uniquely urban Read more
  • Sally Weller, economic geographer in the Centre for Geography and Environmental Science, has just published the following piece in The Conversation. Moving for work: not the panacea the government seeks By Sally Weller, Monash University As a policy response to unemployment and structural change, incentives for workers to relocate in search of work have been pushing higher up Read more
  • How will Australia’s unique species of plants and animals react to the greenhouse-enhanced climates of the future? Students at Monash University’s Centre for Geography and Environmental Science have been answering this question using the powerful mapping and prediction functions freely available in the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA). Dr Simon Connor introduced a new practical Read more
  • Thursday 19 June, 4pm. Clayton campus, building 11 room 561 (Elizabeth Burchill Room). Sally Weller, ARC Future Fellow, Geography and Environmental Science Abstract: Urban studies often celebrate the role of special events in constructing entrepreneurial cities of consumption. Events are promoted because economic gains accrue to cities by bringing consumers into city precincts. This literature tends to view events Read more
  • William Leon Dale worked in the Monash Department of Geography (as it was then called) from 1964 to until his retirement in 1982.  Prior to coming to Monash he studied the climate of Malaya, including a well-cited 1956 article on “wind and drift currents in the South China Sea”.  He joined Monash as a Senior Read more
  • Student Placement Opportunity: Green purchasing: Policy and procedures June – July 2014 1. PLACEMENT INFORMATION MEFL is an independent not-for-profit organisation established by the Moreland City council in 1999 to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the municipality and beyond. MEFL works closely with the Moreland community offering a range of services and programs to ensure a sustainable Read more