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.

"If a book includes a map then the world, or the journey you see mapped out within it, is pivotal to the story an author is trying to tell. Some video games use their maps in a similar way, to create a functioning world-a world that functions without you"

The brilliance of video game maps

Hello! Earlier this year, Thames and Hudson published a beautiful book on literary maps. It's called The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands, a...

"It could be a matter of days before the #ebola epidemic in the DRC spreads to urban centres or spills over into neighbouring countries" Mosoka Fallah
Deputy Director General at National Public Health Institute of Liberia #Ebola

"The only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals," @NadiaMuradBasee said accepting her Nobel Prize on Monday.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Urges the World to Fight for Sexual Violence Survivors

The advocate and Denis Mukwege are using their Nobel Peace Prize to fuel action.

United Nations finds possible human rights violations in America thanks to income inequality

It's one of the biggest debates in conservation: should we be sharing our landscapes with nature, or should we be sparing large tracts of land for nature’s exclusive use?

Sparing vs Sharing: The Great Debate Over How to Protect Nature

What is the best way to save nature – to cordon off areas for parks and open space or to integrate conservation measures on working lands? Recent re...

Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches die in the U.S. every year, and many are sitting on prime real estate, @JonathanMerritt writes.

America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches

Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches die in the U.S. every year, and many are sitting on prime real estate.

The number of migrants arriving in Yemen is set to rise 50 percent this year compared to 2017, with almost 150,000 risking all on the journey from the Horn of Africa towards the Arabian Gulf, says @UNmigration

Yemen migrant route grows 50 percent, surpasses Mediterranean - IOM

An estimated 92 percent of the migrants were Ethiopian and the rest were Somali, and one in five were minors, many of them unaccompanied

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