We aim to characterise and understand the distribution of biogeographical phenomena over space and time.
We have interests and expertise in both physical processes and human dimensions of coastal and marine environments.
We work on the connections between diverse cultural environments and economic systems and how those are enmeshed with the ways we understand, value, and make use of the biophysical world.
Over and above excelling as university teachers, members of the Cluster are firmly committed to the scholarship of teaching and are amongst Australia’s leaders in work on geographical education.
From measuring beach processes to participating in action research with indigenous communities Cluster members give attention to the critique, development, and deployment of well-established as well as cutting-edge research techniques across the full span of Geography.
With industry consolation and demands on Australian universities to provide GIS graduates who are articulate in the tools of their profession, Cluster members have been committed to providing high-quality GIS trained graduates since 1993.
We conduct research on wealth, poverty, and the production of economic development and underdevelopment at local, national and international scales. As strong advocates for equitable societies, we explore the “inequality” dimension of development discourse and the multidimensional nature of poverty and wealth.
We continue to offer one of only two postgraduate programs in population studies in Australia. We maintain strong academic and research programs that explore the vital relationship between population dynamics and sustainable development issues.
We offer particularly strong and vibrant research (PhD and Masters by Research) student groups within the Geography cluster in Biogeography; Coastal and marine geography; Human-environment relations and environmental management; Geographical education; Geographical research methods – (qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and physical); Geospatial Information Systems and their applications; Economic inequality and (under)development; Population and sustainable development. We also welcome Honours students in all areas of research expertise listed above.
Research supervision extends to joint supervision with researchers in agencies like CSIRO, SA Water and other Government Agencies. We regularly host international research visitors and students.
Cluster members make extensive use of the Spatial Information Laboratory and the environmental geoscience laboratories in the Earth Sciences Building. Specifically these comprise:
Other laboratory facilities are listed under the other clusters.They include, for example, standard facilities for soil and water analyses for example.The School has a range of four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles for field work which are routinely used by members of this cluster.