Graduate Student Opportunities in Geography at Carleton University

The Geography & Environmental Studies Department is recruiting MA, MSc and PhD students for September 2017.  Funding is available through the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, faculty research projects and internal and external merit- and need-based scholarships and bursaries.

Please consult for more information about our graduate programs and for a listing of our faculty and their areas of research.

Some examples of graduate student opportunities are listed below.


MA, MSc, and Graduate Diploma in Northern Studies:  Now recruiting students for our new course-based graduate programs. Please see for more information.  Program Supervisor: Chris Burn

The corporate sharing economy:  Recruiting MA students to explore the following:  a) How sustainable is the corporate sharing economy (Uber, Airbnb, etc)? b) How should we regulate the corporate sharing economy? c) Is the corporate sharing economy really about “sharing”?  Faculty: Pablo Mendez

Critical approaches to linking Indigenous and scientific knowledge: Opportunities for MA research are available related to a number of ongoing projects: a) evaluating geospatial representations of Inuit knowledge for applications in cultural and co-management contexts in the Canadian Arctic; b) exploring best practices in cross-cultural and collaborative research methods; c) investigating human dimensions of environmental change; and/or, d) understanding social and economic dimensions of weather and sea ice information production and use in Arctic communities.  Faculty:  Gita Ljubicic

Analyzing Alaskan resource politicsA recent ethnographic research project tracked the efforts of activists, scientists, government officials, and rural residents to address concerns over controversial resource development proposals in two different regions of rural, coastal Alaska.  The mobilizations involved protests over mining, logging, and fisheries regulations, organized around protecting an environment “at risk.” MA students are invited to conduct research on key project themes using the 150 semi-structured interviews and oral histories amassed during this project.   Follow-up research trips to Alaska are also possible. Faculty:  Karen Hébert

Sinking peat bogs:  Funding is available for MSc research on the impacts of nitrogen deposition on peat subsidence and microclimate using long-term fertilization experiments in the Ottawa area.  Geomatics skills and experience are an asset.  Faculty:  Elyn Humphreys

Forest and wetland vegetation composition and structure modelling using UAV multispectral imagery:  MSc students welcome. Faculty: Doug King

Quantifying climate impacts on cold regions: Permafrost thaw affects environments and human life in Arctic and mountain environments; several PhD and MSc opportunities exist in this context. Projects include experiments in a new laboratory facility at Carleton University, terrestrial laser scanning and surveying, numerical experimentation on high-performance computing clusters, as well as application of global climate data to the spatio-temporal simulation of permafrost in and around key field sites. Projects usually involve a field component: our research areas are located in Canada as well as Europe and high-mountain Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan) and involve collaboration with local research institutes or government agencies. Faculty: Stephan Gruber

Permafrost degradation in Canada’s western Arctic:  Funded MSc positions are available to study i) the long-term effects of forest fire on permafrost in the southern Yukon Territory, ii) regional permafrost conditions in northern Yukon, and iii) degradation of permafrost in pits excavated for borrow material along the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktyuk Highway. Faculty: Chris Burn