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
POSTPONED - CHECK BACK LACK FOR POSSIBLE NEW DATE 9th Annual Janice Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture Presents Caitlin Cahill Endless knots: Young people, policing & gentrifying Brooklyn Engaging a dialectic of racialized structural dispossession and the desire for dignity, the knotty... 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 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 student Christina Greene who has received a Confluence Center grant for her work on drought, food systems and farmworkers in California. Way to go!
Congratulations to SGD PhD student Bhuwan Thapa who has been awarded a three-year Graduate Research Training Grant by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, based in Kathmandu, Nepal) under its Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) initiative. Bhuwan’s... read more