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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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Video: SoGE Annual Lecture 2017 - Geography and heritage conservation: Making our research useful

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

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Forthcoming Events

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Informal Confirmation of Status presentations - DPhil students
DPhil Seminar Programme, Convened by Professor Dariusz Wójcik, Director of Graduate Studies (Research). Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
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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.
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Food Thinkers Lunch: "Food Futures"
Jelena Jaric. Linacre College, Oxford, OX1 3JA
Seminar
Why does structure matter for forest productivity?
Dr Alexander Shenkin (Environmental Change Institute). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
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Informal Confirmation of Status presentations - DPhil students
DPhil Seminar Programme, Convened by Professor Dariusz Wójcik, Director of Graduate Studies (Research). Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
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Challenges of the Energy Transition
Brian Davis (Shell). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
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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.
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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.
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Adaptation Risk Ownership Framework | Adaptation in practice seminar series 2017, celebrating 20 years of UKCIP
Celeste Young, Victoria Institute of Economic Studies. SoGE, Oxford.
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The dynamics of vulnerability: What droughts and flooding can teach us about adapting to climate change
Leverhulme Visiting Professor Lisa Dilling. Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
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Driving the Technology For Driving the Driverless Cars
Paul Newman (Professor, Department of Engineering Science). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
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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.
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International Financial Centres after the Global Financial Crisis and Brexit
This seminar gathers leading economic historians and geographers to focus on the post-2008 developments in key international financial centres, including: Youssef Cassis (EUI Florence); Karen Lai (National University of Singapore); David Meyer (Washington University, St Louis); Tobias Straumann (Zurich University); Richard Sylla (New York University); Laure QuennouŽlle-Corre (CNRS and Paris-Sorbonne University); and Dariusz Wójcik (SoGE, Oxford). A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
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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.
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How low can it go? The state of our waters in England
Dr. Helen Gavin (ECI) and Prof. Steven Loiselle (Earthwatch Institute). Oxford Green Week Festival. Haystacks Corner, The Towing Path, Iffley Lock, The Isis Farmhouse, OX4 4EL. Booking Essential.
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Forest Defenders Conference
Jointly hosted by Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, British Ecological Society, Not1More and SEED. St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
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Thinking Food Outside the Box
Dr. Monika Zurek (ECI) and Colin Tudge (biologist, writer and founder of the Campaign for Real Farming). Oxford Green Week Festival. Turl Street Kitchen, Oxford, OX1 3DH. Booking Essential.
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From Woods to Goods: How consumer choices affect our forests
Dr. Connie McDermott (Chair of the Ecosystem Governance group, ECI) and Andrew Mitchell (CEO of the Global Canopy Programme). Oxford Green Week Festival. SoGE, Oxford. Booking Essential.
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RGS CPD - Subject knowledge update: Landscape systems
Professor David Thomas and Professor Heather Viles, University of Oxford. Royal Geographical Society with IBG Teachers' CPD session. SoGE, Oxford. Booking Required.
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Allianz-Oxford Pensions Conference 2017: Coping with Disruptive Change
Invited Conference, 11-12 September 2017, Worcester College, University of Oxford. Invitation only event.
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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