About Research in the Department

Geographers and Planners study the physical and social processes that shape the surface of the Earth and the myriad forms of life that depend on it. Our research community is spread across the Department of Geography & Planning at the St. George Campus, the Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment at the University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, and the Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. Geographers and Planners at the University of Toronto are engaged in world-class research in all domains of Geography and Planning, including work in the physical and social sciences and the humanities. All of our research work is strongly intertwined with deep interests in and commitments toward social and racial equity at all spatial scales. Indeed, many of our faculty are working at the forefronts of their respective fields and making significant theoretical, methodological and conceptual contributions on a regular basis. Collectively our faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers represent a community of scholars, practitioners, and activists engaged in work centred on producing sustainable, inclusive and just futures. Our faculty, students, and postdoctoral scholars conduct their research locally and globally, at field sites located across the southern and northern latitudes, partnering with community-based organizations, within cities and regions from around the world. In our work, we recognize, honour and acknowledge that we are indeed often guests on the land we are working – no matter where we might be working across the globe. Our tri-campus research environment is the place at the University of Toronto for conducting groundbreaking research in physical geography and environmental studies/science, and research centered on Cities and City-regions. 

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