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.

Study Abroad with the School of Geography and Development
Use your financial aid and earn upper-division Geography credits while exploring Oaxaca, Mexico, Cuba, South Africa, or Guatemala! All programs offer direct UA credit. Deadline to apply is February 15... read more
New Head of SGD
New Head of SGD, Dr. Lynn Staeheli, to start August 2015.  
Janice Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture Presents Caitlin Cahill
8th Annual Janice Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture Presents Caitlin Cahill Title TBA Friday, April 10, 2015, 3:30 p.m. More details to follow  
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 2015 SGD Colloquium
Speaker Series Spring 2015 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

Congratulations to SGD PhD students Jeff Wilson and Sarah Kelly-Richards, as well as SGD Professor Sallie Marston, along with co-author and former SGD professor Sarah Moore for their recent article in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. The article titled "School Gardens as Sites... read more
SGD Professor Diana Liverman published a recent op-ed in the Huffington Post entitled, Paddington and Empathy for Immigrant Children. The piece compares the plight of immigrant Central American children coming to the U.S. this past summer with that of the fictional character Paddington Bear, who is... read more