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 have made some awesome lifelong friends and had the chance to be taught by world leaders...’

Sam Davidson Studying towards an MSc in Geology
Transport Dispatcher, Weatherell Transport Ltd
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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


UC Sustainability Awards

Gold Staff Professors Eric Pawson and Simon Kingham won the Gold staff award for their trailblazing community service paper GEOG309, and George Moon won the Gold student award for his efforts in creating the Eco Club Network.
A full list of the winners, and more information about their projects, can be found here.

Congrats all round

Congratulations to Andrew Douglas-Clifford (current UC Geog student) and Dr Daniel Hogg (recently completed Geography PhD student) for their success in being named as finalists in the NZ Spatial Awards.
Also congratulations to former UC Geographer and now PVC Science Prof Wendy Lawson, and ex-UC Geography graduate Kurt Janssen for also making the finalist list. More details here.
Congratulations to staff Eric Pawson and Simon Kingham and student George Moon for winning Gold Awards at the University 2016 Sustainability Awards. More details here

Two New UAVs for Geography

Albatross and MTD Dr Marwan Katurji shows off two new fixed wing UAVs in front of the Geography Department. The yellow "My Twin Dream" was built by Paul Bealing to go to Antarctica this coming season. Marwan will pilot the aircraft in the Dry Valleys and will be recording turbulance measurements with a custom made turbulence probe. The red "Albatross" has just arrived and will be configured to carry a number of larger sensors for long range atmospheric work (and anything else that comes along as this thing is big enough to carry just about anything).


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

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.

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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