Department of Geography, Environment and Population

The Department of Geography, Environment and Population offers a wide range of programs that explore important issues, such as climate change, global migration and urban development from a wide variety of perspectives.


Geography, Environment and Population staff share a deep appreciation for physical and human environments. We are motivated by the desire that future generations are able to experience the natural and human wonders of the world.

  • Our teaching

    We teach courses that build work skills and knowledge about environmental management and processes. We focus on human-environment interactions at local to global levels and address the world’s greatest challenges; we explore how the world can cope with an ever-expanding population, what future cities should look like, and how climate change will impact ecosystems and human society.

    Our courses also offer opportunities to work with, and learn about Indigenous peoples and their connection to the environment, food security, global international migration and ethics.

    All our courses develop student knowledge and skills to investigate and recommend responses to real-world environmental problems. We offer a fabulous international study tour on sustainable cities and run field trips focussing on how environments can be rehabilitated.

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  • Our people

    Name Role
    Associate Professor John Tibby Head of Department
    Honours Convenor
    Director, Sprigg Geobiology Centre
    Teaching focus: physical geography, climate change, environmental change, water issues
    Professor Emma Baker Director, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP)
    Associate Professor Douglas Bardsley Postgraduate Program Coordinator, Master of Environmental Policy and Management (Sem 1, 2021)
    Convenor, ECR Network

    Teaching focus: food security, environmental management, climate change, environmental governance
    Dr Cameron Barr Senior Research Associate (ARC funded)
    Dr Lyrian Daniel Lecturer
    Research Fellow
    Professor Nick Harvey Emeritus Professor

    Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray

    Interim Head of School, Social Sciences
    Undergraduate Discipline Advisor
    Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management
    Postgraduate Program Coordinator, Master of Public Policy
    Director, Adaptation, Community, Environment (ACE) Research Group

    Teaching focus: indigenous peoples, coastal management, environmental ethics, environmental impact assessment, globalisation, climate adaptation, community engagement
    Professor Guy Robinson Adjunct Professor
    Dr Jungho Suh Postgraduate Coordinator
    Teaching focus: ecological economics, tourism and the environment
    Associate Professor Yan Tan Coordinator, Masters Dissertations
    Postgraduate Program Coordinator, Master of Environmental Policy and Management (Sem 2, 2021)

    Teaching focus: population, migration (international, internal), social science techniques, development
    Dr Dorothy Turner GIS Coordinator
    Teaching focus: introduction to GIS, advanced GIS
    Mrs Janet Wall Senior Research Centre Administrator, Hugo Centre for Population and Housing and the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP)
  • Our research

    The Department of Geography, Environment and Population academic staff lead national and international research programs.

    Our research focuses on ageing, housing, population, environmental management, mobility, tourism, climate change to Indigenous resource management, biodiversity conservation, water quality, environmental change and sustainable agricultural development.

    We are associated with two research centres, the first being the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning which comprises a network of researchers, academics and other practitioners whose shared vision is to undertake high quality housing, urban and regional research and disseminate their findings for the betterment of society.

    The second the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research is an international research hub dedicated to addressing the global challenge of population change.

    The Adaptation, Community Environment (ACE) Research Network, hosts research and activities that focus community engagement with environmental issues, specifically adaptation to climate change.

    Geography staff and students work in over 30 different countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, USA, and in Antarctica. Geography staff have been successful in a number of national and international grant schemes including the Australian Research Council (Discovery and Linkage), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network (NCCARF), the Ford Foundation, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

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