Department of Geography and Planning
The defining and recognised strength of Geography at UWA is our teaching and research profile that emphasises the integration of the human and physical dimensions of place-based and engaged geographical and planning enquiry. Our work at the nexus of people and the environment is integrated across the social and physical sciences, with a scholarly commitment to social equality and environmental justice, resilience in communities and social-ecological systems, and societal transformation in a rapidly changing world.
Areas of interest
Our areas of interest focus on topics of global concern including urbanisation, international development, climate change, conservation, migration and environmental management. The Department offers a range of exciting degree programs that enable students to develop their expertise in these areas, all of which are supplemented with a range of domestic and overseas fieldwork opportunities. Students are encouraged to develop skills of relevance to the workplace through activities such as writing consultancy reports, policy briefs and engaging in team-building and leadership activities. Our teaching is backed up with state of the art laboratory and analytical equipment and the latest GIS, drone and remote sensing technology.
Employers have noted that the integration of the human and physical dimensions of inquiry and analysis in our teaching programs gives UWA geography graduates a particular comparative advantage in the job market. Our graduates develop exciting careers both domestically and overseas, working for governments, the private sector and NGOs in areas ranging from planning, environmental sustainability and resource management through to community development.
CentresPlanning and Transport Research Centre
The Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) conducts collaborative, applied research and teaching in support of policy in the connected spaces of transport and land use planning in Western Australia.Centre for Regional Development
The Centre for Regional Development at The University of Western Australia focuses on understanding the major economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges facing rural, regional and remote Australia.
For more information about our work and current projects, contact our key researchers:
Awards and Achievements - August 2020
The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.Read more
UWA jumps 14 places in World Academic Rankings
UWA has achieved its highest-ever place among the world’s top universities, jumping from 99 to 85 in 2020.Read more
New study to investigate results of alternative pathways to ATAR
A research project led by UWA will compare the outcomes of ATAR and non-ATAR pathways to higher education for Australian students.Read more