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 GEO recent PhD alum Henryk Szadziewski (@henrykszad) has a new chapter "Melanesian Self-Reliance Discourses and Chinese Investment: The Ramu Nickel Mine in Papua New Guinea" in an edited volume titled China in the Global South: Impact and Perceptions.

UH GEO Professor Marina Karides (@marina_karides) is serving as one of the co-editors for a special issue on Island Activisms in the Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS). Submission deadline is June 30th. For details on the Call for Papers, go to

UH GEO PhD candidate Foley Pfalzgraf (@FoleyPfalzgraf) has a new article entitled, "From colonial science to climate capacity building: Analyzing uneven access to climate knowledge in Vanuatu," published in Geoforum,

Congratulations to UH GEO PhD students Meagan Harden (@meaganharden_) and Tatsuki Kohatsu for passing their comprehensive exams earlier this month!

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