The PhD program offers two areas of study:

  • the geography of societal change with emphasis on the global political economy; restructuring and the environment; geographies of socio-cultural evaluation; feminist geographies
  • the geography of environmental change with emphasis on environmental processes and anthropogenic impacts; appraisal and societal management of environmental resources.

A collaborative Specialization in Political Economy is also available.

Ottawa is rich in study resources vital to the geographer, such as the National Library of Canada, the National Archives of Canada, the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Statistics Canada and various other federal government departments. Numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also have their head offices in Ottawa.  Research and career possibilities are just down the road.

Fields of Specialization

  • The Geography of Environmental Change
  • The Geography of Societal Change

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Emilie Cameron: Critical Northern Geographies; Geographies of Resource Extraction, Empire, Labour
  • Elyn Humphries: Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Interactions; Leaf Level Studies
  • Derek Mueller: Glaciology of ice shelves; Impacts of Arctic climate change
  • Derek Smith: Mapping Indigenous Knowledge; Traditional Geographic Knowledge; Latin America and Canada
  • Jill Wigle: Informal Housing and Human Settlement in Latin America; Urban Planning in Latin America & Canada

Program Information

Length: 5 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: February 1

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Contact: Graduate Supervisor, Jennifer Ridgley

Pathway Options: Thesis

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