Geography

Overview

Specialists in the Geography Cluster pursue high quality, rigorous and critical scholarship around the concepts of place, space and human-environment relations. This reflects geographers’ longstanding interests the character of places, the distribution of phenomena across space, and dynamic relationships between humans and environments.

Cluster members ask questions about why phenomena and relationships are like they are and how they could be; how societies and environments are connected to one another; how and why they change; and how and why their characteristics vary across time and space at different scales. We answer questions spanning the local to the global, in the past, present and future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Research and Teaching Specialisations are:

Biogeography

We aim to characterise and understand the distribution of biogeographical phenomena over space and time. 

Coastal and marine geography

We have interests and expertise in both physical processes and human dimensions of coastal and marine environments.

Human-environment relations and environmental management

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. 

Geographical education

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.

Geographical research methods - qualitative, quantitative, mixed and physical

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.

Geospatial Information Systems and their applications

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.

Economic inequality and (under)development

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.

Population and sustainable development

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.

 

Supervision Opportunities

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.

 

 

Members

Dr David Bass

Ms Kathryn Bellette

A/Prof Beverley Clarke

A/Prof John Edwards

Prof Howard Fallowfield

Mr Stephen Fildes

A/Prof Jorg Hacker

Prof Iain Hay

Mr Robert Keane

Mr Wolfgang Lieff

Dr Mark Lethbridge

Dr Andrew McGrath

Prof Andrew Millington

Mr Markus Pichler

Dr Kirstin Ross

Dr Udoy Saikia

Dr Harpinder Sandhu

Dr Michael Taylor

Dr Harriet Whiley

 

Facilities

Cluster members make extensive use of the Spatial Information Laboratory and the environmental geoscience laboratories in the Earth Sciences Building. Specifically these comprise: 

Remote sensing and GIS area:

  • Microwave, thermal, hyperspectral, multispectral and LiDAR airborne remote sensing in association with Airborne Research South Australia 
  • State of the art field equipment: GPS, terrestrial laser scanner, and spectrophotometer
  • Dedicated spatial information science laboratory with the latest versions of digital image processing, GIS and spatial modeling software
  • A very large spatial database with extensive South Australian holdings

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.

Key Allies:

  • Australian Academy of Science
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • Australian Geography Teachers’ Association
  • Australian Institute of Urban Studies
  • Australian Population Association 
  • Geographical Society of New South Wales
  • Geography Teachers’ Association of South Australia
  • Institute of Australian Geographers
  • National Committee for Geographical Sciences 
  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • Royal Geographical Society of South Australia
  • School of Environment, Flinders University 
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute