McMaster University

McMaster University

School of Geography & Earth Sciences

"Achieving international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence in geographical, geological and environmental education, research and outreach."

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences will provide an environment for the education and training of highly qualified personnel committed to excellence.

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster is an internationally recognized centre for research and training. Its strengths lie in the discovery, application, and transfer of knowledge to issues and problems in the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences.

Two particular strengths in the School are the development of interdisciplinary research programs that integrate the earth and environmental sciences with human geography and the use of spatial analysis to investigate the geographical relationships between the environment and society.

The School emphasizes the use of leading-edge theoretical and methodological developments in its research. Have a look at what some of our students are doing now.

The School of Geography and Earth Sciences is committed to increasing the opportunities for experiential (‘hands-on’) learning by undergraduate students. Many of our undergraduate courses involve fieldwork in the local area and we have several courses that undertake field research in off-campus locations.


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Hamilton housing prices see biggest jump in Canada

Richard Harris, a geography professor at McMaster University, says spiking prices have implications for renters as well. "In one sense, it's unquestionably good news. But then there's all the people who aren't part of the story," he says. "It's not good for the people trying to get into the market … and there's no good news for renters at all. As house prices go up, so do rents — taking home ownership that much farther out of reach for many renters" More.. More


Why employers are caring for the caregivers

Statistics Canada shows that 8.1 million Canadians are caregivers, and of those, 6.1 million are in the work force. Most of the caregivers are aged 45 to 64, a group that also comprises the most experienced workers, says Allison Williams, a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton and research chair for the Canadian Institute of Health Research. More.. More


What is it like working at McMaster University?

McMaster University staff and faculty are being invited to participate in an online survey about the workplace culture at McMaster University. The research is being led by Dr. Allison Williams, who holds a Chair in Gender, Work & Health at McMaster University ( More..More

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