Graduate Student Opportunities in Geography at Carleton University

The Geography & Environmental Studies Department is recruiting MA, MSc and PhD students for September 2018.  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 Our Graduate Programs for more information and the listing of our faculty and their areas of research.

Some examples of graduate student opportunities are listed below.


“Urban research in Latin America and/or Canada: Opportunities for MA research are available in the following areas: the spatial governance of informality (Latin America); land, housing and the right to the city; urban food (in)security and informality (Mexico); and urban planning and inequality.” Faculty: Jill Wigle

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

Changing northern land-atmosphere interactions: Research assistantships are available for new MSc and PhD interested in studying the impacts of weather variability and disturbances on carbon dioxide, methane and energy fluxes in Arctic tundra and northern peatland ecosystems. Experience programming (e.g. Matlab, R, etc) and with micrometeorological techniques (e.g. eddy covariance) or the interest in learning these skills is required. Faculty: Elyn Humphreys

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) geohazards along the Dempster highway. Faculty: Chris Burn

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

Cybercartography is the application of geomatics to a wide variety of  issues affecting society in an national and international context and the dissemination of the results in new multi-media and multisensory ways that people can easily understand. These are often cybercartographic atlases produced using the innovative Nunaliit data management framework of the Geomatics and Cartographical Research Centre  (GCRC). Current research concentrates on Indigenous Knowledge especially in the Canadian north, Mexico and Brazil.  Cybercartography is being applied to an increasing number of topics and disciplines. It is ideal for transdisciplinary work as a cybercartographic atlas is a metaphor for all kinds of quantitative and qualitative information linked by location.  Professor D. R. Fraser Taylor supervises masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students, and offers research assistantships on some projects.