Geography and planning
Cutting-edge research balancing human development with the natural environment
Geographers and planners at UWA undertake innovative interdisciplinary research focusing on the interactions between human society and the environment. Our teaching and research encompasses topics of global concern, including urbanisation, development, environmental management and conservation.
Key research areas
The discipline is focused in two key research areas:
Climate, catchments and coasts
Human society is fundamentally altering natural systems on a global and local scale, with unpredictable consequences to people and the environment. Our work improves understanding of these systems to promote science-based policy. We work with stakeholders to ensure policy decisions are effective by reflecting the local cultural context.
Our researchers actively encourage student and postgraduate contributions to our expanding and exciting topics.
Current research focus areas include:
- climate and land surface interactions
- catchment and ecosystem management
- environmental dynamics and ecohydrology
- marine and coastal management
- geographical information science and remote
Our research and student training is conducted in diverse environmental contexts and integrates approaches including field science, geospatial science (GIS and remote sensing), modelling and social science.
People, places and policy
Socio-economic inequalities and complex environmental challenges are increasing and we need to define and respond to the emerging spatial, social, economic and environmental challenges.
Our teaching and research covers a range of topics, including:
- development, migration, and Indigenous geographies
- economic and regional development
- transport planning
- built environment and health
- geographic information systems (GIS)
- urban planning and governance
- transformative social change and community capacity building
- conservation and environmental policy
We are committed to research that has practical application for government, industry and local communities in Western Australia and globally.
Study with us
Explore your options with a range of postgraduate and research opportunities available.
Master of International Development
Engage with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally, and engage with the complex challenges of international development.
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Enhance your skills and knowledge of urban and regional planning.
Master of Geographic Information Science
Developtechnical and research skills that are applicable toa range of disciplines using spatial analytic techniques.
UWA School of Agriculture and Environment
The UWA School of Agriculture and Environment uses Western Australia’s rich biodiversity to better understand the world’s natural resources.
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:
- Professor Fiona McKenzie
- Professor Paul Plummer
- Professor Petra Tschakert
- Professor Sharon Biermann
- Senior Research Fellow Dr Kirsten Martinus
- Senior Lecturer Bryan Boruff
- Senior Lecturer Nik Callow
- Senior Lecturer Julian Clifton
- Senior Lecturer Paul Maginn
- Senior Lecturer Sarah Prout Quicke
- Lecturer Eloise Biggs
- Lecturer Clare Mouat
- Lecturer Natasha Pauli