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"Welcome to the School of Geography and Environment, a vibrant community of agenda-setting researchers, teachers, students and administrators."
Professor Gillian Rose, Head of School

We are one of the world's most successful university geography departments, internationally recognised for the quality of our research and our teaching. In addition to the department, the School also hosts three globally-renowned research centres, and leads several cross-university research networks. We are proud of the wide range of partners with whom we collaborate across the world, and of our significant contributions to advances in social and environmental policy-making.

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

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research at the School of Geography and the Environment

Along with the rest of the University of Oxford, the School is currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. We are, however, carrying on our work remotely during these difficult times and we have joined many other researchers around the University in working to understand COVID-19 and its implications.

Although some of the most important research into COVID-19 is looking for a vaccine for the virus, there is still lots of work to be done in understanding the implications that this pandemic will have for people, businesses, the economy and the environment.

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Members of staff and students of the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford have been closely following the most recent protests against racism worldwide as well as those in the city of Oxford. We are also increasingly aware of the often shameful role that the discipline of Geography has played in imperial and colonial projects; of the need to further decolonise our curricula; and of the need to reiterate our commitment to racial justice.

In particular, we would like to make clear the extent to which we welcome the transparency and disclosure of undergraduate admissions data at the University of Oxford. This data has helped us to become more aware of the continued lack of racial diversity in our undergraduate admissions. There are similar concerns about the hiring of staff, across the higher education sector. While there are many positive initiatives underway, we know that we have not done enough. We reiterate that as a School we are opposed to racism in all its forms, and are actively working to increase the diversity and inclusivity of our practices and the diversity of our people. The School has committed to work over the summer to review what we have done so far and to plan further action. The Head of School will keep the SoGE community updated on those plans and actions as they develop.

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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 advanced degrees in Geography and the Environment.
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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