Geography

  • Geography is visiting the Arctic for clues to global climate change
  • Geography is evaluating the effects of forest fires and other natural disasters
  • Geography is using technology to analyze global environmental change
  • Geography is understanding links between factory farming and greenhouse gasses
  • Geography is studying climatic effects in mountain forest ecology
  • Geography is analyzing dryland vulnerability to climate change
  • Geography is studying economic change and livelihoods in the global south
  • Geography is understanding the impact of suburban lawn care on local ecosystems
  • Geography is exploring decision making about urban land use
  • Geography is exploring transmission of flamenco culture in the global economy

Geography is the science of place, space, and environment

Each place on earth is distinguished by a unique mix of natural resources, cultural practices, and economic and political systems. Geographers study what makes each place unique, and the connections and interactions between places.

With its highly ranked graduate and undergraduate programs, Clark University is one of the best places in the world to study Geography. As an undergraduate or graduate student, you will have an opportunity to work with nationally and internationally known faculty to examine why places are different, how those differences shape how we live, and how we in turn shape our environment. Learn more about why Clark is a great place to study geography.



GSG Response to Executive Order Impacting Immigration—January 27, 2017

The Graduate School of Geography at Clark University unequivocally condemns the January 27th, 2017 executive orders and associated statements denying admission to the US on the basis of national origin and religious conviction. The Graduate School of Geography at Clark owes its greatness to a continued intermixing of faculty and students born in different countries, or whose forebears were born outside the United States and came to the country seeking refuge and opportunity. Our very DNA as an institution of excellence cannot, therefore, do anything other than lead us to view these orders as a tremendous error that will in no way strengthen our institutions or society. The orders embody prejudice, heartlessness, religious and racial discrimination, and a clear misreading of the modern history of violence on US soil. We deem the orders un-American and antithetical to everything for which the institution of the University and the discipline of Geography stand. It is not simply that we stand in solidarity with all those affected by this order, including current and former students; it is that we are an academic institution whose success, identity and principles are based on immigration, internationalism and learning across our many differences. The Graduate School of Geography calls on President Trump to reconsider these ignoble orders immediately.


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Urban-Economic Geography

Want to know more about Urban-Economic Geography at Clark University? Watch this short film with faculty and students discussing how studying urban-economic systems at Clark University’s renowned Graduate School of Geography provides them with opportunities to conduct research that positively impacts not just the field of geography, but the wider world.

Human-Environment Geography

Want to know more about Human Environment at Clark University? Watch this short film with faculty and students discussing how studying at Clark University’s renowned Graduate School of Geography provides them with opportunities to research the relationship between humans and the biophysical environment that positively impacts, not just the field of geography, but the wider world.

Earth System Science in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University

Want to know more about Earth System Science at Clark University? Watch this short film to hear faculty and students discuss why studying Earth System Science at Clark provides opportunities to conduct research that positively impacts both the field and the world. The Graduate School of Geography typically has enrollments of over 50 Ph.D., 60 M.S., and 120 B.A. students; has awarded more doctoral degrees than any other Geography program in the country; and is consistently rated by the US National Research Council as a top 10 Geography program.

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Geographic Information Science in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University

Want to know more about Geographic Information Science at Clark University? Watch this short film to hear faculty and students discuss why studying Geographic Information Science at Clark provides opportunities to conduct research that positively impacts both the field and the world. The Graduate School of Geography typically has enrollments of over 50 Ph.D., 60 M.S., and 120 B.A. students; has awarded more doctoral degrees than any other Geography program in the country; and is consistently rated by the US National Research Council as a top 10 Geography program.

NRC top ranking

NRC ranked top 10

Clark's Graduate School of Geography was ranked first in one overall category in the revised NRC rankings and placed in the top-10 for the other three overall categories, thus confirming Clark's position as one of the nation's top geography programs.
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Latest Departmental News

PhD student Surendra Shrestha was awarded a Sussman Fellowship supporting a summer in residence at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. Surendra worked within the group of Dr. Gordon Bonan to learn the Community Earth System Model (CESM) with the goal of developing innovations to the global climate model framework that will enable us to explore the climate and water resource impacts of forest disturbances, including harvesting, wildfires, and beetle outbreaks.

PhD student Yu Zhou was selected to attend a week-long short course on New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling, hosted in May by Dr. Yiqi Luo’s EcoLab of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University.

In June, Dr. Williams was one of only two U.S. scientists invited participant in a science workshop and science-policy dialogue hosted by the International Boreal Forest Research Association. The meeting, in Haparanda, Sweden, was held in conjunction with the 2018 Boreal Summit involving ministers from the USA, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Russia. The workshop identified key boreal science issues related to the use of boreal forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to foster the development of circumboreal collaborations that will address these knowledge gaps.

In July, Dr. Williams joined leaders of state and federal governments and environmental organizations for the Climate Alliance Learning Lab on Natural and Working Lands initiative. Held in Washington, DC, the group examined priority opportunities for environmental management and policy actions that could be taken by 17 US states committed to the alliance to work toward meeting international climate change mitigation goals and commitments. Learn more...

Dr. Williams has launched a new scientific collaboration with The Nature Conservancy’s Science Director for North America focused on land management and land use solutions to mitigate climate change. Williams’ team is providing detailed estimates of the carbon emissions that could be avoided by slowing or halting deforestation in the United States, along with high resolution maps of where forests are being lost and what they are being replaced by. This work is soon to be published in a leading science journal.

Christopher Williams was appointed the leader of a Science Implementation Plan for the North American Carbon Program (NACP), a principal activity of the US Carbon Cycle Science Program (USCCSP), which itself is a Federal interagency partnership that operates under the aegis of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) with links to the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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