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"Welcome to the School of Geography and Environment, an intellectually vibrant, research-intensive academic department at the centre of British geography."
Professor Heather Viles, Head of School

An academic department of the University of Oxford, the School is internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching, research and wider engagement. In addition to world leading education and research in the School, we host three internationally recognised research centres and lead cross-university initiatives and collaborative networks.

  • Environmental Change Institute
  • Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Transport Studies Unit

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Professor Heather Viles, Head of School and Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation | March 2017

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Forthcoming Events

Seminar
Next Generation Grid Management
Jens Madrian (Reactive Technologies). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Fieldwork in geography - Professor David Thomas
DPhil Seminar Programme, Convened by Professor Dariusz Wójcik, Director of Graduate Studies (Research). Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
The Pale Red Dot: Colonising Mars and Beyond
Chair: Dr Paul Jepson (SoGE). Panelists: Andy Weir (author, The Martian), Dr Ellen Stofan (Former Chief Scientist, NASA), Professor Andrew Coates (Deputy Director at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL), Libby Jackson (Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager, UK Space Agency). Oxford Martin School, Oxford. Fully booked.
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Cultivating a Sustainable and Resilient Food Future
Laura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist who has explored agricultural sustainability for more than 30 years as a researcher, policy-maker, educator, and farmer. Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
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Climate Justice in the UK | Adaptation in practice seminar series 2017, celebrating 20 years of UKCIP
Katharine Knox, policy and research manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), will explore what the social justice issues arising from climate change are, and the policy and practice responses to it. Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford. Free to attend, no booking required.
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Integration of augmented reality (AR) and built environment: from the use of space to public health | TSU Lunchtime Seminar Series: Trinity Term 2017
Speaker: Ben Ma. Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
Event
Carbon Capture and Storage: A Climate Cure?
Oxford Climate Society event. Panel: Professor Myles Allen (Leader of Climate Research group, ECI), Dr Sara Budinis (Reserach Associate, Sustainable Gas Institute, Imperial College London), Tim Dixon (Programme Manager for CCS and Regulatory Affairs, International Energy Agency). Turl Street Kitchen. Booking required.
Seminar
Developing predictive trait-based scaling theory applied to forests that span broad temperature gradients
Dr Brian Enquist (University of Arizona). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
The concept of time in biology, and the unity of life with Prof Brian J. Enquist
One of our biggest technological innovations is that of time keeping. From the atomic to the astronomical scales, our technology has enabled us to precisely measure time. Our timekeeping uses clocks that all tick along the same time scale - a time scale that is also relative to how we perceive the passage of time. Oxford Martin School, Oxford. Booking required.
Event
University of Oxford: JMP Academic Workshop
JMP guided tour demo and discussion - bring your laptop (Windows or Mac) to follow the demosCuníerbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
Event
Informal Confirmation of Status presentations - DPhil students
DPhil Seminar Programme, Convened by Professor Dariusz Wójcik, Director of Graduate Studies (Research). Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
NGOs, research and smart waterpumps
Alex Fischer, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment Heloise Greeff, Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Part of the Skoll Centre’s Research for Action Seminar Series. Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford. Booking required.
Event
Hangzhou Bike-sharing Network Analysis | TSU Lunchtime Seminar Series: Trinity Term 2017
Speaker: Yifan Han. Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
Seminar
The lithium ion battery supply chain in an energy storage revolution - Impact on critical raw materials: lithium, graphite and cobalt
Simon Moores (Benchmark Mineral Intelligence). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
OCTF seminar with Prof Josep Penuelas
Prof Josep Penuelas (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. E W Gilbert Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Network-based approaches in human geography - Dr Thomas Sigler, University of Queensland
DPhil Seminar Programme, Convened by Professor Dariusz Wójcik, Director of Graduate Studies (Research). Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Examining the impact of air pollution on individuals’ subjective wellbeing: evidence from travel diary survey data in Beijing | TSU Lunchtime Seminar Series: Trinity Term 2017
Speaker: Wenbo Guo. Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
Seminar
OCTF seminar with Dr Gillian Petrokofsky
Dr Gillian Petrokofsky (Co-ordinator and James Martin Fellow, Biodiversity Institute). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
The shaping of savannas: fire versus the mammalian megafauna
Emeritus Professor William Bond (University of Capetown). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Regional entrepreneurial ecosystems - Professor Erik Stam, Utrecht University
DPhil Seminar Programme, Convened by Professor Dariusz Wójcik, Director of Graduate Studies (Research). Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Status and Challenges of the German Energiewende
Andreas Löschel (University of Münster). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Post 4 degrees: The World in 2100
Chair: Professor Myles Allen (ECI). Panelists: Professor Tim Lenton (Chair in Climate Change/Earth System Science, University of Exeter), Nicholas Crane (President of the Royal Geographical Society), Achim Steiner (Director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford). Oxford Martin School, Oxford. Booking required.
Event
Inequalities in access to opportunities and public transport networks in a splintered city | TSU Lunchtime Seminar Series: Trinity Term 2017
Speaker: Rafael Pereira. Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
Event
Accessibility Tools in Planning Practice
Professor Carey Curtis, Professor of City Planning and Transport; Director, Urbanet; Guest Professor and Research Fellow, University of Gothenburg. Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
Event
Bio- and geopolitics in historical perspective - A trans-disciplinary workshop
This two-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of Geographers, Historians and Political Scientists to reflect on the origins and intersections of modern geo- and biopolitics. Registration required.
Event
Informal Confirmation of Status presentations - DPhil students
DPhil Seminar Programme, Convened by Professor Dariusz Wójcik, Director of Graduate Studies (Research). Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Visualising urban affective atmospheres in Santiago, Chile. A visual methodological proposition for constructing information using people experiences | TSU Lunchtime Seminar Series: Trinity Term 2017
Speaker: Luis Iturra. Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
Seminar
OCTF seminar with Dr Alexander Shenkin
Dr Alexander Shenkin (Environmental Change Institute). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Informal Confirmation of Status presentations - DPhil students
DPhil Seminar Programme, Convened by Professor Dariusz Wójcik, Director of Graduate Studies (Research). Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Challenges of the Energy Transition
Brian Davis (Shell). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Built environment and travel behaviour in mega cities: evidence from Beijing | TSU Lunchtime Seminar Series: Trinity Term 2017
Speaker: Peilin Li. Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
Event
4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference
The 4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert conference provides a forum for researchers and those interested in desert and dryland environments and societies to present, discuss and debate dryland themes and research. Registration now open.
Seminar
Driving the Technology For Driving the Driverless Cars
Paul Newman (Professor, Department of Engineering Science). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
The diffusion of peer-to-peer ridesharing in Southeast Asia | TSU Lunchtime Seminar Series: Trinity Term 2017
Speaker: Nina Teng. Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
Seminar
Fire interactions with climate, deforestation and forest fragmentation in NW Amazonia
Dr Dolors Armenteras (Universidad Nacional de Colombia). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
ZSL Stamford Raffles Lecture 2017: How animals shape habitats, ecosystems and the global biosphere
Professor Yadvinder Malhi will deliver the Zoological Society of London’s annual lecture, which will be preceeded by ZSL’s Awards Ceremony. Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. Booking Essential.
Event
5th Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) Conference
iLEAPS, a global research project of Future Earth, will hold its 5th Science Conference in Oxford with the theme ‘Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges’. Professor Yadvinder Malhi will speak in the session titled ‘Impact of extremes on land biophysical processes and land-atmosphere biogeochemical cycling’.

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Undergraduate Honour School

Undergraduate Honour School

Experience the unique and integrative undergraduate geography degree programme at a university leading the way in geographical teaching and research. Our undergraduate degree provides students with a wide range of experience and skills across the breadth of geography, based on in-depth teaching from our many expert staff.
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International Graduate School

International Graduate School

With over 200 graduate students from a range of nationalities, professional and disciplinary backgrounds we are one of the largest, most diverse and vibrant graduate schools in the world offering six advanced degrees in Geography and the Environment.
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Our Research

The School is undertaking world-class interdisciplinary research, addressing societal and environmental problems, and advancing knowledge within an exciting research environment. Find out more

Our Research Centres

In addition to world leading education and research in the School, we host three internationally recognised research centres and lead cross-university initiatives and collaborative networks.

  • Environmental Change Institute

    Environmental Change Institute

    The ECI is an interdisciplinary institute for research on the complex processes of global environmental change, the exploration of sustainable solutions, and the promotion of change for the better through partnership and education. Find out more

  • Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

    Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

    The SSEE is enabling business and governments to address the global energy, environment and sustainable development challenges of the 21st century. Find out more

  • Transport Studies Unit

    Transport Studies Unit

    The Transport Studies Unit seeks to advance innovative approaches to the study of 'transport futures' over time and space. Find out more

Our Research Networks

  • Oxford Networks for the Environment

    Oxford Networks for the Environment

    The Oxford Networks for the Environment mobilise the University's expertise to find solutions to the complex, converging challenges of energy, water, food security, climate change, and threats to biodiversity. Find out more