Geography - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Heather Purdie

Beneath NZ - Starring Heather Purdie

Dr Heather Purdie's research was recently showcased on Prime TV's documentary Beneath NZ. Also showcased are some of Geography's amazing gadgets for data collection.
Community Engagement

Community Engagement

We are committed to facilitating learning through community engagement where possible and opportunities exist for this at all levels...more


What is Geography all about?

What is Geography all about?

Information about Geography

‘I want to apply my scientific knowledge of the environment in the legal sphere...’

Jessie Cross Studying towards a BSc in Geography and Biological Sciences and an LLB
Summer Clerk, Chapman Tripp
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The Department of Geography has regular seminars that are open to all, normally held in Geography room 406 on Mondays from 1-2pm. For upcoming seminars see UC Events for Geography, or subscribe to the GeogSeminars announcement list.

If you would like to give a seminar please contact Dr Kelly Dombroski


New Facility for Geography

RSIC The Regional Science and Innovation Centre is on schedule and Geography will begin its move to this new facility in 2017. For a detailed look at this new modern resource.


Jobs for Geography Grads

 Senior Researcher, Social Sciences - OPUS

For details see their website application

Aquatic Ecosystem Health Officer - ECAN

For details see click here

Water Quality Officer - ECAN

For details click here

Water & Coastal Resources Team Leader - Gisborne District Council

Apply here. Applications close 18 September

Natural Hazards Analyst - Evironment Canterbury

This job offers you the opportunity to play a key role in the management of natural hazards in Canterbury, ensuring Canterbury communities continue to develop in a flood resilient way. Closes 30 August 2016

NZ Coastal Society Student Award - Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017

The New Zealand Coastal Society is pleased to announce a student award to attend the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference, to be held 21-23 June 2017 in Cairns. The award will cover conference registration, attendance at the conference dinner and $1000 towards travel and accommodation. The award winner will be judged on the quality of the accepted abstract and alignment with the goals of the New Zealand Coastal Society. To be eligible the abstract must be accepted to present at Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017, the lead author must be an undergraduate, masters or PhD student at a recognised Tertiary institution based in New Zealand and a student member of the NZ Coastal Society at the time of submission.
So get your abstract into the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference by 31st October to be considered.

Click here for more details

Enderby scholarships

Enderby Scholarships allow recipients to experience the Southern and Pacific Ocean in the same spirit of exploration and discovery as the vessels of Enderby & Co. Open to applicants aged 18 – 30 years, who would otherwise be unable to travel to the Southern and Pacific Ocean. Closing dates for applications: Monday 17 th October 2016...more (pdf 300kb)

RMLA Masters Scholarships

The RMLA scholarships, worth NZ$5,000 each, are open to any graduate student in a University (New Zealand or Overseas) registered for a Masters degree (including an undergraduate Honours degree involving advanced levels of research and study at Masters degree level). Interested? See more information here.

National Geographic Antarctic Series

A number of our geoTAG staff (Peyman, Marwan, Paul and Kurt) are to appear in the upcoming National Geographic series Continent 7: Antarctica. The trailer is out and as Kurt puts it - it looks extreme!

UAV team test new parachute system

Marwan and Paul took the new UAV out to Ilam fields for some parachute testing today. All went well and the plane landed perfectly. Managed to impress around 30 preschoolers into hopefully doing Geography one day as well. This UAV will be used in Antarctica for atmospheric turbulence measurements in 2017. Take a look at the video on our You Tube channel.


Why Geography is the best subject to study at University... ever!

Recent articles that are worth a read if you are contemplating doing Geography.

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