Global Change · Local Impact

Aloha and welcome to the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa! Geography is a diverse discipline that is united by its focus on global change and local impacts on humans and the environment. Our department was founded in 1932 and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the US. Our faculty have expertise across the breadth of the discipline in environmental geography, human geography, and geospatial information science, with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. Our BA, MA, and PhD students research topics such as environmental change, sustainability, and globalization and have gone on to careers in academia, government service, NGOs, and in the private sector.

New!! Undergraduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science

Dr. Jen-hu Chang, professor of geography at UH from 1965-1985, passed away at age 92 on November 25. After leaving UH, he was the president of Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan for 34 years

UH Geography and Environment offers online extension classes through UHM Outreach College. A list of our Spring 2020 semester courses may be viewed here:

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Henryk Szadziewski (@henrykszad) has a new article in Political Geography (@Pol_Geog_Jl) titled, "Converging anticipatory geographies in Oceania: The Belt and Road Initiative and Look North in Fiji."

UH Geography and Environment MA Alum Marie McKenzie was recently hired as the full time Instructor in Geography at Leeward Community College. Congrats, Marie! @marie_maile

UH Geography and Environment Assistant Professor Lisa Kelley (@LisaCKelle)y has a new article in the Journal of Rural Studies titled, "Circular labor migration and land-livelihood dynamics in Southeast Asia's concession landscapes."

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Jacob Henry (@jacobofhume) has a new article in African Geographical Review (@AfricaGeoReview) critiquing schooling for job preparation in an era of mass, structural wagelessness and jobless growth.

UH Geography and Environment Emeritus Professor Sen-Dou Chang passed away on November 2 at the age of 95. He was a professor in the department from 1967 until 2007. A wake will be held at 11:15am on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Diamond Head Mortuary.

UH Geography and Environment Associate Professor Camilo Mora is organizing the next 10,000 tree planting event on Saturday, December 7 from 2-5pm at Gunstock Ranch, in Kahuku. To participate, register at

UH Geography and Environment lecturer Md Azmeary Ferdoush will begin his three-year postdoctoral position in early 2020, in Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland. He will work on the Arctic borders. Congrats, @M_A_Ferdoush!

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