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Geography at Carolina brings a unique perspective to the study of some of our world’s most pressing issues. Geographers bring together physical science, social science, and the humanities to study patterns and processes across the earth’s surface. From analyzing regional dynamics of climate change to investigating new global structures of work and labor, Carolina faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research at one of the top geography departments in the country.

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James Ellsmoor

BA, Class of ’16

Founder, Island Innovation

“UNC Geography was my entry point into understanding the world and trying to make it a greener place. Now I am using these skills to implement sustainable development projects in island communities around the world.”

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Tony Liu

BA, class of ‘17

MS1, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

“The Geography Department at UNC fostered my curiosity while imparting in me the intellectual toolkit I still use in my career as a podcast producer. The faculty supported me each step of the way in both my academic and career journeys, and I think of them often when reflecting about my time as an undergraduate.”

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Cameron Taylor

BA, Class of ’10

Malaria Technical Coordinator, The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program

“The UNC geography department exposed me to undergraduate research experiences and opportunities that laid the foundation for my career. I started working with malaria data during the summer of my junior year (2009) in Malawi and ten years later I am still doing it today.”

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The Geography Department at UNC Chapel Hill is committed to promoting diversity and a climate of inclusiveness in our student body, faculty, and staff. We have a particular focus on historically underrepresented groups, but also are attentive to the broader questions of diversity that include attention to economic status, gender, sexuality and ability.

Read our full faculty statement on diversity and our diversity committee’s mission statement. See also our June 2020 statement on anti-racism, our December 2018 and November 2019 statements on the confederate monument known as Silent Sam, and our March 2021 statement regarding violence against Asian and Asian-Americans across the U.S.



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Dr. Delamater is co-investigator on 2.4M grant to study access to naloxone

Dr. Delamater is part of a multidisciplinary team that will develop a novel, comprehensive place-based measure of naloxone availability to document disparities in naloxone access. The team will work with a diverse advisory board to create the new naloxone availability … Continued

Geography Grey Shipman won second place in UNC GIS Day Map Competition

In yesterday’s GIS Day map contest, Geography Major Grey Shipman receives the second place. Geography Major Grey Shipman and Geography Graduate Lindsey Jackson in the event   His map title is “Relative Transit Supply and Demand in Chapel Hill, NC … Continued

Geography Sarah Followill won first place in UNC GIS Day Map Competition

In yesterday’s GIS Day map contest, sponsored by Davis library and Geography department, we have received 43 map submissions. Geography Major Sarah Followill receives the first place. Her map title is “Displaying Urbanization and Sprawl in Atlanta Metro Area Census … Continued

GUAC holds Undergraduate Research in Geography Event

On Friday, October 7th, the Geography Undergraduate Advisory Committee (GUAC) organized and facilitated an event titled “Research in Geography”. The slides from the event are now available and include information about how (and why) to get involved in undergraduate research … Continued