Geography And Planning

Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

What is Geography research?

Research in Geography can be classified as both a natural science and a social science as it examines people and their environment and serves as a bridge between the physical and cultural worlds.

  • Geographers conduct research on the characteristics of space, location, and place in the broader context of how people interact with both physical and human environments.
  • Geography researchers use tools from the sub-disciplines of geographic information systems (GIS), computer mapping, remote sensing, and related technologies to solve spatial problems.

Research areas include

  • Urban, social, physical, and cultural geography
  • City and regional planning
  • Urban design
  • Remote sensing
  • Cartography and GIS
  • Climatology
  • Computer and statistical models
  • Area (regional) studies
  • Economic development

How can I do research in Geography at UAlbany?

Bring your research ideas - and an outline - to a faculty member. By electing to work with a faculty mentor, students develop a practical understanding of the research process while beginning to acquire a network of professional contacts. Most students engage in a collaborative poject in GOG 450 - Directed Readings. The mentor will help flesh out the project, set up a work timetable, and schedule meetings. The schedule and the document both help to keep the student on topic and to serve as a reference point for grading purposes.

To enrich the students' academic experience, our department will offer a Capstone Experience for seniors to apply what they have learned in the classroom to their research. The capstone emphasizes original research, active learning, creative thinking, and the integration of geographic knowledge from different courses. Students can choose:

  • GOG 492 - Research Internship
  • GOG 493Z - Research Project in Geography

Some other resources to explore

  • Association of American Geographers at a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904.
  • ESRI Geographic Information Systems at

If you like Geography, there may be interesting research opportunities for you in

Business, Public Administration, Political Science, Urban Planning