The Department of Geography and Sustainable Development is an innovative global center for geographical and sustainability research. We conduct policy-relevant research to help improve global human well-being by advancing the Sustainable Development Goals that were approved by the United Nations in 2015.


What do you do?

We seek to understand and find solutions for some of the most important global challenges that humanity faces, such as climate change, sea-level rise, biodiversity loss, increase in the intensity of natural hazards and disasters, food and water insecurity, emergent diseases, involuntary migration, global health disparities, gender inequality, unsustainable economic growth, and governance failure. Specific faculty research interests can be found on the faculty directory pages.


Where do you work?

Our research is focused on tropical and subtropical parts of the world, such as the Amazon, sub-Saharan Africa, China, India, Southeast Asia, and, of course, South Florida, where the Americas meet. These places are home to incredible social and cultural diversity but are also among the most vulnerable to global changes.


How do you work?

We do not work alone. We have a global network of partners who help us to advance our research. The international reputation of our Department attracts a diverse community of graduate students and resident and visiting scientists. They come to Miami to develop innovative ideas and tools that will inform public policy at multiple levels of governance.