Department of Geography

Geography: a science of territories

Geography is about identifying, describing and understanding how human activities are shaped and organised, including the interactions between people and the environment. In that sense, this science contributes to a sustainable management of territories.

The Research programmes of the Department investigate on current spatial dynamics and their impacts on society and the environment. In particular, the focus is on:

  • the links and interactions between migration, human health, poverty and the environment
  • the valuation of ecosystem services in light of their dynamics related to land use change resulting from socio-economic and climate changes
  • Fine-resolution population mapping and spatial epidemiolology


In addition, the Department has a strong expertise in landscape analysis, cooperative development research, and participatory approches (including participatory modelling) in southern countries.

Geography is at the cross-road of social sciences and natural sciences. At the heart of its research is Humankind, living in and interacting with its natural, political, social and economic environments. As a Science of action, Geography requires a tight collaboration with a variety of stakeholders (landscape managers, spatial planners, individuals, NGOs, ...) to whom we aim at providing practical insights and recommendations from our researches.

The Department of Geography offers a 3-year undergraduate degree ("baccalauréat") and opportunities for postgraduate research (PhD programme). Also, the Department offers a "follow-up training" programme for secondary school teachers (CEFOSCIM).