Welcome to the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona

Welcome to the School of Geography and Development (SGD) at the University of Arizona, USA. SGD is part of a top-ranked; Research One, land-grant university and we cover the entire range of contemporary geography. Faculty and graduate student research interests range broadly, including the sustainability of cities; social theory and culture; climatology and environmental impacts in the American Southwest; economic development; landscape ecology and forest restoration; human impacts of global climate change; geographic epidemiology; international development and environmental sustainability; conflict over the public presentation of ethnic identity; local government restructuring; spatial interaction modeling; American migration; European fertility; GIS/visualization; environmental policy; and remote sensing of fire-induced vegetation change.

UA to host APCG Conference in Tucson in September
Don't forget that the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers' 77th Annual Meeting will be hosted this September in Tucson, by the University of Arizona School of Geography and Development, the University of Arizona... read more
New Head of SGD
New Head of SGD, Dr. Lynn Staeheli, to start August 2015.  
Janice Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture Presents Alice Hovorka
8th Annual Janice Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture Presents Alice Hovorka "Feminism & Animals: Exploring Interspecies Relations in Botswana and Beyond" Friday, March 7, 2014, 3:30 p.m. Integrated Learning Center, Room 130 Reception to Follow... read more
Magellan Circle Scholarship
SGD Majors, We encourage everyone to apply for this year's Magellan Circle Scholarship.  Scholarship Description: Through the generous donations of members of the Magellan Circle in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), we can provide a number of students with $500 Magellan Circle... read more
Spring 2014 SGD Colloquium
Speaker Series Spring 2014 Friday Colloquia meet from 3:30 to 4:45 in Harvill Room 404. The series brings prominent scholars and professionals from across a range of perspectives, including human geography, spatial analytic methods, regional science, physical geography, and human-environment... read more

Department News

 Brittany McKnight will be joining Esri as a Support Analyst in September of this year.  With her addition to the team, more than 25% of the class of 2013 has been hired by Esri!  Esri says they are very excited to have Brittany joining their team, along with all the other "wonderful additions to... read more
The Public Political Ecology Lab (PPEL) was recently featured in a UA News story.  PPEL is directed by SGD Professor Tracey Osborne and works to communicate research in political ecology to the public through a variety of approaches.  PPEL students and scholars often take participatory and... read more