The Department of Geography and Regional Studies 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 we research?

    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, global health disparities, freshwater management, gender inequality, biodiversity conservation, sea-level changes, ethnic geography, social inclusion, urbanization, natural hazards and disasters, food and water security, economic prosperity, governance, and waste management.

  • Where do we research?

    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.

  • Who are our research partners?

    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.