Welcome to Geography and Environmental Science

  • The School of Geography and Environmental Science is recognised around the world as the leading geography program in Australia. Since its inception 50 years ago, the School 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. The staff and students of the School 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.

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    Staff  |  Research Groupings  |  Head’s Welcome  |  Careers in Geography  |  Contact Us

    Study with us:

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

    Honours year & thesis (BA, BSc, BEnvSc Hons):  Overview

    Masters by Coursework (Masters of Sustainability):  Overview  

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



Latest News

  • Congratulations Bruce, who was ranked the 4th best lecturer at Monash University in 2013 as part of the competition for the Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Award.  Created in 2007, the award was initially designed as a way to award and commend the efforts of university teaching staff that have gone above and beyond in their efforts ... 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 School of 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
  • GES staff member Dr. Sally Weller, an ARC Future Fellow, has published a piece in the online news venue The Conversation analysing the recent job cuts at Qantas.  Her essay (read it here) is a rich consideration of the effects of the job cuts in a very specialised industry, and builds on her previous research analysing ... Read more

More News

  • Announcing an exciting new series of seminars and discussions designed to share, stretch and challenge our thinking about cities and urbanisation!  It is the result of a genuine cross-Faculty initiative to stimulate discussion of all things urban.  The seminar takes place once a month through the whole year, with a fantastic line-up of speakers (see ... Read more
  • Welcome first year students to Extreme Earth!  All students interested in geography and the environment should sign up for the first semester introductory unit (ATS1310).  It investigates natural hazards and human vulnerability.  The unit, which will interest students from both social and natural science perspectives, is taught by Associate Professor Christian Kull, Dr. Adeline Tay, and colleagues.    Read ... Read more
  • Congratulations to Vanessa Wong, who was recently promoted to Senior Lecturer.  Vanessa joined GES in 2011 and currently teaches in ATS1301: Australian Physical Environments, ATS2774: Understanding Australian Landscapes – soil-vegetation dynamics, ATS3788: Soils, landscapes and their management, and ATS3787: Research methods in geography and environmental science. Her research focuses on land management and the interactions between ... Read more
  • GES academics have recently successfully landed a number of research grants, from both the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).  These include funding to explore sustainable urban redevelopment, environmental change in northern Australia’s savannas, and the social aspects of advanced metals recycling.  In detail:   Dr Libby Porter and Dr ... Read more
  • Michelle Lobo graduated with her PhD from the School of Geography and Environmental Science in 2008.  She is now six months into a prestigious DECRA Fellowship at Deakin University across town, where she has just received the VC’s award for research excellence and promotion to Senior Research Fellow. Congratulations, Michelle!   She has advertised the following PhD ... Read more
  • Monash Geography was represented by Peter Kershaw and Simon Connor at “Ramsar Wetlands: Understanding Change in Ecological Character” held at the Vue Grand Hotel in Queenscliff (5-8 November 2013).  The workshop was organised by the Ramsar Secretariat and the University of Ballarat and represents the first attempt to incorporate environmental changes into the Ramsar Convention ... Read more
  • Almost 60 past and current staff and students from the School of Geography and Environmental Science (GES) gathered recently to celebrate 50 years of the Society of Monash University Geography Students (SMUGS). The evening was a chance for alumni to reconnect with staff and students from their period of study – and also a chance for ... Read more
  • ClimateWorks Australia is looking for volunteer, part-time interns for this summer, from all academic backgrounds.  You need awareness of climate issues, policy, and organisations in Australia.  See attached pdf.  ClimateWorks is at 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, co-sponsored by Monash University and the Myers Foundation.   Read More... Read more
  • PhD scholarship:  Wealth from Waste CSIRO research cluster; Geography, Environment and Sustainability Program, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Melbourne AUD$25392 per year The PhD project is positioned within the Wealth from Waste CSIRO research cluster project, an interdisciplinary multi-university research program that explores the feasibility of advanced metals recycling in Australia. The Monash led component of Wealth from Waste focuses on characterising and mapping the ... Read more
  • Project Details: Research Summary- Capacity Model 1. Overview  The City of Melbourne would like to develop an internal Capacity model to allow timely assessment of future changes to plans within the municipality. Broadly the purpose of the Capacity model is to answer the following question: Given the current planning controls, what is the potential capacity of the Municipality to ... Read more