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September 8 - Start of fall term classes

September 18-27 - EUS Field Trip

September 25-27 - Ontario Universities Fair

October 10-16 - Fall Study Week

October 14-15 - Fall Convocation Ceremonies

November 4 - Department Awards Night

November 13 - Ryerson Open House (formerly Discover Ryerson)

November 13-14 - OAGEE Fall Conference

November 18 - GIS Day

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Chair's Welcome Message

Dr. Claus Rinner, Professor and Chair


Welcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University. We are located in the downtown core of Toronto, one of the World’s most diverse cities. Please explore our knowledgeable people, broad range of programs of study, and exciting research activities.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies has been at the forefront of Ryerson’s development from a technical training institute to a comprehensive public university. Our BA in Geographic Analysis was the first stand-alone degree granted at the university, starting as a BAA in Applied Geography in the early 1970s. Our MSA in Spatial Analysis was the first Department-based graduate degree offered by Ryerson,... [Read more]

News & Announcements

Social Innovation Made @RyersonGeo

Geography at Ryerson has been a leading innovator on campus since the Department's inception in the 1970s. Now, three social innovation projects led by Dr. Andrew Millward, Dr. Claire Oswald, and Dr. Richard Shaker are among just eight funded RECODE faculty projects University-wide. In addition, two of the seven social enterprise projects posted at Ryerson's SocialVenturesZone are led by the Department's Environment and Urban Sustainability students. Read about the details in Dr. Rinner's blog post about "Geography at Ryerson – Your Social Innovation Powerhouse".  

Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions Available

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The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University is seeking applications for two (2) tenure-track faculty positions in the area of environmental geography and urban sustainability. Please consult the PDF posting or the online posting for details, and apply online. We are excited to find two new colleagues to share in the continuing growth and diversification of our research and programs of study. The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015.  

Alumna to Open 2015 "Ex" as General Manager

Virginia Lundy

In 1983, a Ryerson student named Virginia Ludy took an internship as part of the Applied Geography program at the Canadian National Exhibition. Thirty-two years later, Virginia Ludy is taking over as the CNE’s first female general manager. As the 2015 edition of the Toronto summer staple approaches, she reflects on how much a traditional event can change over three decades. [Read more at Ryerson News & Events]

Welcome, Dr. Sara Edge!

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sara Edge as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Dr. Edge holds a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the School of Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster University. She joins Ryerson with a research program in the area of environment & health, environmental justice & urban inequalities, policy transformation, and socio-ecological systems. Dr. Edge seeks to discover innovative approaches to multi-stakeholder governance, collaboration and knowledge integration that help to facilitate more sustainable environmental conditions. She has published in the high-impact journals Environmental Policy and Governance, Social Science & Medicine, Environmental Politics, and Health, Risk & Society during the last two years alone. Her teaching focus will be in the BA in Environment and Urban Sustainability (EUS).

Geography Profs Receive 2014/15 Research and Teaching Awards

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies congratulates the following faculty members on the recognition of their achievements in research and teaching:

  • Dr. Andrew Millward received the 2015 Ryerson Social Innovation & Action Award
  • Dr. Eric Vaz received the 2014 (Faculty of Arts) Dean’s SRC Award
  • Prof. Christopher Greene received the 2014 (Faculty of Arts) Dean’s Teaching Award

The Ryerson Social Innovation & Action Award was presented at the SRC Awards Luncheon on March 4, 2015, hosted by the Office of the Vice Present, Research and Innovation, and the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. The Dean’s SRC and Teaching Awards were presented at the Faculty of Arts Award Presentation on March 26.  

Turning City Parks into “Classrooms” with Mobile Application

The new app, allows users to click on each tree in the database to learn about its key attributes and environmental benefits such the annual amount of carbon stored, air pollution removed and storm water runoff mitigation.

“City trees provide many tangible and intangible benefits to urban residents,” says Ryerson geography professor Andrew Millward, principal investigator with Ryerson’s Urban Forestry Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group. “Sustaining and enhancing this flow of benefits begins with awareness. We designed to raise mindfulness of Toronto’s urban forest with the view that knowledge can be a bridge to engagement and stewardship.” [Read more] about this project.