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Geography, Environment and Population
The University of Adelaide
North Terrace Campus
Adelaide, 5000.

School Office,
Ground Floor, Napier Building
Ryan Higgins 

Telephone +61 8 8313 5643

Geography, Environment and Population

Why Study Geography, Environment and Population?

Geography, Environment and Population are relevant to anyone interested in the relationship between human beings and the environments in which they live.  The Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population offers a wide range of programs that combine the physical and social sciences and provide students with the conceptual frameworks and critical thinking skills to make sense of the complex relationships and processes that shape our contemporary world.  By choosing to study the Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management or to put Geographical & Environmental Studies at the heart of your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Sciences degree will offer you the opportunities to explore important issues, such as climate change, global migration and urban development from a wide variety of perspectives with the emphasis on social justice and ecological, social and cultural sustainability.

Studying Geography, Environment and Population is about being an active part of global social and environmental change, and the creation of just and sustainable societies and environments.  Students who study Geography, Environment and Population gain the knowledge base, critical thinking and analytical skills, and practical and specialised skills, which make them highly employable in both government and the private sector.

You will be able to offer an employer some of the following stengths:

  •    critical awareness and problem-solving techniques
  •    proficiency in essay and report writing
  •    applied IT including quantitative statistical analysis and GIS
  •    up-to-date knowledge of the real world, not just textbook learning
  •    basic understanding of research design
  •    project development and management of social survey skills
  •    multi-skilled in a diverse range of areas
  •    field-work experience in Australia and overseas
  •    ability to work within a team
  •    map interpretation and drafting skills  

Past graduates have been employed as Foreign Affairs Officers,  Policy Advisers,  Project Officers, Research Associates, Business Analysts, Research Scientists, Business Data Analysts,  Marketer / Marketing Managers, Market Researchers, Teachers, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officers, Ministerial Advisers, Parliamentary Advisers, Development Officers, Humanitarian / Aid Workers, amongst others.


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Student Prizes


Student Achievement Prizes Awarded Annually

The Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population has established prizes for students at all year levels. These are awarded for academic achievement over the course of the year.

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New Postgraduate Research Grant for Geography, Environment
and Population

The Charles and Frank Fenner Postgraduate Research Grant