Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

About Graduate Geography.

Areas of Study | Research & Lab Facilities

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Dr. Neal Scott
Associate Head, Geography Graduate Programs
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext 75915


The Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University offers a comprehensive graduate program in Human Geography, Physical Geography (Earth Systems Science), and Geographic Information Systems, based on innovative research and strong collaboration between faculty and graduate students. Our specialized Physical Geography labs include GIS and remote-sensing labs equipped with a wide range of the latest software and hardware, and facilities with the latest field equipment and laboratory instrumentation required for studying climatology, sedimentology and the biogeochemistry of environmental change, among other topics. In human geography, we provide strong support for fieldwork that engages topics of public interest from the community to the national or international scale. Many of our students work on questions of global significance, including development projects in Latin America or Africa, ecological change in the Arctic or the relationship between international migration and human rights. In recent years, our students have travelled to Nunavut, Japan, Great Britain, Africa, Bolivia, Guatemala, the Caribbean and other locales.

We provide a place for graduate students to learn and excel within a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.

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For questions about funding, contact:
Angela Balesdent​

Graduate, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 77056

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For questions about admissions, contact:
Amanda Miller
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 77057

Areas of Study

The Department offers graduate training leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the following areas:

Human Geography

The broad emphasis in the field of Human Geography is on exploring the evolution of a multitude of human
systems. The focus is on the interactions and linkages between systems that operate at different scales, ranging from local (work, place, bodies, gender, health and healthcare, urban areas) and increasing through regional and national scales (citizenship, justice, governance, postcolonialism, indigenous peoples) to global systems (globalization, development, economies, sustainability). Unifying themes include identity and place.

The broad emphasis in the area of Urban and Regional Planning is on the planning and development of cities and regions, and the relation between development and public policy concerns. Research in urban and regional planning seeks to integrate the latest knowledge related to environment and society with real-world planning challenges. Areas of focus include health and social planning, environmental services, and land use and real estate planning.

Faculty: Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Agarwal, Baker, Cameron, Castleden, Chen, Cohen, Collins, Donald, FevrierGodlewska, Gordon, HarttMabee, Meligrana, Mullings, Prouse, Rosenberg, Whitelaw

Physical Geography (Earth System Science)

The broad emphasis in the field of Earth System Science is on developing an integrative understanding of the Earth as a physical system of interrelated phenomena. The focus is on the interaction and linkages throughout the environment - the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere - and on physical, chemical, and biological processes operating at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Areas of faculty interest include forest systems, cold regions, energy production, and planning around resource use.  Measurement, integration, and modelling of earth system elements to understand these linkages are key foci of research and graduate training activities. Field measurements and sample collection are matched with laboratory and data analysis, and modelling.

Faculty: Chen, Danby, Lafrenière, Lamoureux, Mabee, Omelon, Scott, Thomson, Treitz, Way

Geographic Information Science

The broad emphasis of research in GIS encompasses the theoretical, technical and applied aspects of cartography, geographic information systems, remote sensing and image processing, and modeling of human and natural systems. Specific areas of research focus relate GIS to aspects of human geography (disease modeling, mapping of human impacts on the environment, resource optimization, contemporary and historical cartography), physical geography (biophysical remote sensing, image processing, geo-visualization), and urban and regional planning (land use planning, cartography, social engagement).

Faculty: Bevan, Chen, Danby, Godlewska, Scott, Treitz