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 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, focusing on Asia and the Pacific. Our BA, MA, and PhD students research topics such as agriculture and food, climate change, environmental conservation, geopolitics, geospatial sciences and big data analytics, and tourism leading to careers in academia, government service, NGOs, and in the private sector in Hawaiʻi. We are the lead department for the interdisciplinary online degree in Social Sciences of Oceans and the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate.

New!! Undergraduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science

UH Geography and Environment PhD alum Kyle Kajihiro on expiring state land leases to the military “I think we have an opportunity, a rare opportunity now, to get land back to turn it around and start restoring these lands”

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Foley Pfalzgraft has a new paper in Geoforum, titled "From colonial science to climate capacity building: Analyzing uneven access to climate knowledge in Vanuatu," Congrats, @FoleyPfalzgraf!

UH Geography and Environment Professor Camilo Mora was quoted in this story, "How Bad Are U.S. Wildfires? Even Hawaii is Battling a Surge" on @nytimes,

UH Geography and Environment Associate Professor Brian Szuster and PhD student Marcus Peng co-authored a new article titled, "Longitudinal perspectives on crowding and management at a beach park in Hawaiʻi," published in Ocean & Coastal Management,

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Desiree Simandjuntak will present a case study on a small-scale fishing community in Sulawesi at the inaugural AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies, to be held online June 22-26.;

Congratulations to UH Geography and Environment faculty members David Beilman and Camilo Mora on their recent promotion to full professors!

UH Geography & Env. PhD candidate Borjana Lubura was awarded the 2021-22 Nobumoto Tanahashi Peace Fellowship from @CSS_UHManoa Matsunaga Institute for Peace to assist with the completion of her dissertation on migrations along the Western Balkan route. Congrats, @Borjana_Lubura!

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Henryk Szadziewski was awarded our 2021 Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his research, "Everyday Geoeconomics on the Maritime Silk Road: Entrepreneurial Encounters in Fiji." Congrats, @henrykszad!

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Yuko Stender received honorable mention in our Outstanding Publication by a graduate student for her first-authored paper in SN Applied Sciences, Congrats!

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