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Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota is a top-ranked department that provides a setting for academic study or professional training in one of the nation's outstanding public land-grant research universities. Our programs in geography, urban studies, and geographic information science prepare students for careers in academia, industry, government, and nonprofit sectors.

Our faculty have expertise in geo-visualization spatial thinking and complexity; nature, society, health, and environment; environmental dynamics; geographies of globalization and new cultural formations; and global-urban laboratory and metropolitan studies.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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