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Geography and Environmental Studies

Simply put, geography
is our future.

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For a geographer, the main challenge is understanding the relationships among people, environment, location, and distance. At Ryerson students gain analytical skills and informational and communication techniques through courses offered in geography, geotechnology and environmental and resources management. The most effective tool of a geographer’s trade is Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which enables the searching, mapping and analysis of data for an intelligent comprehension of economic, social, urban and environmental issues. The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers a BA in Environment and Urban Sustainability, a BA in Geographic Analysis and a Master of Spatial Analysis, along with GIS Certificates.  

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Chair Profile

Dr. Claus Rinner joined Ryerson’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies in 2006. He holds a Bachelor’ degree (1993) in Mathématiques appliquées et sciences sociales from Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, a Master’s degree (1996) in Applied Systems Science from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and a PhD (1999) in Geography from the University of Bonn. After a brief stint as a software developer, he taught at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster (2001-2003) and the Department of Geography and Programme in Planning at the University of Toronto (2003-2006).

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