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The School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning is one of the only schools in the nation where students can integrate the tools of geography and urban planning, learning cutting-edge techniques that can be used to address complex challenges that impact our environment and societies.  

As a student in our school, you get hands-on experience with accessible faculty and researchers who are invested in their work and experience at ASU, a world-class research university.  Our nationally-recognized faculty includes three members of the National Academy of Sciences, a National Science Foundation CAREER award winner and Young Investigator award winner, a Guggenheim scholar, and members of the National Research Council Geographical Sciences Committee.

 We are engaged in tackling some of the world’s most pressing environmental and societal challenges --  including climate policy, water resource management, disaster relief, housing and community development, the transition to renewable energy, and sustainable growth. With a central focus on location and urban places, we study how places are organized and function, what they mean to the people who live in them, and how they can be best adapted to meet the challenges of environmental and societal change.

Highly-recognized faculty

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars, charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. NAS membership is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Our school has three faculty members who have been selected for this honor: Stewart Fotheringham, B.L. Turner, and Michael Goodchild.

Research

We are engaged in tackling some of the world’s most pressing environmental and societal challenges -- including climate policy, water resource management, disaster relief, housing and community development, the transition to renewable energy, and sustainable growth. With a central focus on location and urban places, we study how places are organized and function, what they mean to the people who live in them, and how they can be best adapted to meet the challenges of environmental and societal change.

Instruction

Our faculty enable learning in diverse ways – through lectures, discussions, by explorations of the surrounding community and natural environment. We take advantage of technology as a tool for learning, and also teach students to be skilled users of technology; and in some of our programs, students learn to use technology to develop new and useful tools.

Staff

Our staff, including advisors, coordinators and managers, is focused on enabling student success and supporting the faculty in their research and teaching efforts. The staff manage the many operations of the school with energy and dedication.