Society, Space & Environments

The Society, Space and Environments program builds upon the foundations of human geography as an integrating social science to examine how social and spatial processes interact to shape the Earth’s natural and built environments. Our research methods embrace both qualitative techniques (including field observation, interviewing, survey research, archival search, and discourse analysis) and quantitative techniques (including descriptive and inferential statistics, GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, social network analysis, and content analysis).

Our broadest areas of expertise are in development geography, political ecology, and urban geography. Some of the topics we study include: access to and control over environmental resources, environmental and contextual effects on health, land use change, gender and environmental perceptions, democracy and environmental justice, politics of transportation infrastructure, global climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and vulnerable urban populations.

Group Chair: Professor Julie Cidell