About Us

With a complement of over 35 full-time faculty members and an intake of approximately 20 students a year, we are the fifth largest doctoral Geography program in Canada. At any given time we have a community of more than 70 graduate students from over a dozen different countries, almost half of them PhD students. Our students have been very successful in obtaining external grants such as OGS, SSHRC, and NSERC, and there are also many sources of financial support for doing fieldwork available from within York University.  We pride ourselves on our collegiality, and work hard to build community through events such as a weekly colloquium and coffee morning that most of us attend.

Students will also find that that we encourage field research, with many of our Physical Geography students going to field sites in northern Canada or Iceland, while students in Critical Human Geography have fieldwork sites around the world.   In the past few years, we have had students doing research in Toronto, northern and western Canada, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, The United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  Finally, students and faculty in our program are strongly oriented to social and ecological justice concerns, and are pleased to facilitate academic work that is applied and engages with these concerns.