Welcome

Geography is a core environmental discipline at SFU, focussing on the spatial dimensions of human societies (Human Geography), the earth's biogeophysical environments (Earth System Dynamics), and the ever more complex interactions within and between the human and natural environments (Spatial Information Science).

Our department was a founding member of the University back in 1965 and has since become one of the strongest Geography departments in North America. We rank 4th of all Geography departments in Canada according to the 2020 QS World University subject ratings, and 1st amongst Canadian comprehensive universities in the 2020 Maclean's University Rankings.   

A hallmark of our programs is the rich diversity of experiential learning opportunities available to students:  this means more than labs and tutorials, but also community collaborationsco-opfield trips and study abroad.

Our faculty are engaged in leading-edge teaching and research across the extraordinary range that characterizes contemporary geographic investigation. We offer courses from urban planning and policy to geomorphology, climate modelling to queer geographies, glaciology to augmented reality, and spatial statistics to health geography. The breadth of research interests extends in just as many exciting directions—from international trade in endangered species to Arctic limnology, bedrock hydrology to decolonization, health informatics to geographies of the paranormal, and more. What ties it all together are rigorous empirical research, creative theorization, and a shared commitment to address current and future challenges with a dynamic, transdisciplinary dedication.

I invite you to look around, learn more about us, and get in touch.

Geoff Mann - Professor & Department Chair

Territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) & kwikwəƛ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) nations