The merging of the School of Resource Management from MSLE and Geography staff from the Arts Faculty in 2008 resulted in the creation of the Department of Resource Management and Geography. Combining disciplines in Geography, Resource Management, and Horticulture, our expertise lies in investigating the complex processes that shape our world by combining the study of the physical and social sciences, and considering the impact of existing systems on the environment and people.

We are tackling some of the planet’s most pressing issues, including: Green infrastructure in cities; Impacts of green spaces on human health; Risks to human security, hunger, conflict and water stress; Effects of climate change on trees and landscapes; Interactions between society, policy and climate science; Political ecology of natural resource management; the magnitude and loss of global biodiversity; and the experience of public and private spaces in the inner city.

Burnley and horticulture are synonymous in Victoria and our researchers are located at both the Burnley and Parkville Campuses. In 2011, the Department reaches the milestone of 120 years of horticulture at Burnley, while 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Geography at the University.

Our research activity draws on the expertise of our academics, specializing in the areas of cultural geography, ecology, geomorphology, horticulture, human geography, hydrology and environmental studies. Such diversity of expertise supports collaboration in existing and innovative research projects, provides excellent supervision, and may extend your academic network to include relevant partnerships.

Discover more about our research projects on our Research Domains page.

Our research informs our teaching to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge and experience through our honours, graduate coursework and research programs.

A research degree with our department will develop your ability to analyse the relationship between human activities and the natural and built environment, and apply this knowledge to effective solutions for change.

Read more about the Undergraduate and Graduate study options available to you at MSLE.

Contact us if you would like to enquire about our post-doctoral researcher and employment opportunities or partner with us as research collaborator or collaborating sponsor.

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