Everything is related to geography!
We live in a world in which an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the earth, and recognition of personal responsibility to the environment and to society, play an increasingly important role. Geography should occupy centre stage in the debates, in formulating the solutions, and in stimulating people to discover for themselves more about the extraordinary world in which we live.
The strategy is firmly built around the view that to advance Geography we have first to assist in developing new geographical knowledge through supporting those who are at the frontiers of geographical science. Then we have a responsibility to disseminate new knowledge to those who can use it to educate others and who can apply it to the challenges the world faces, and to those who simply use it to enrich their lives.
In short, I wish to safeguard the future of Geography and promote the integrated understanding it offers about places, landscapes, peoples and environments and use it to help make the world a better place in which to live.
At its core Geography is the integrated study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples and environments. It is unique in bridging the social sciences with its understanding of cultures, societies and behaviour, and the earth sciences in the understanding of physical landscapes and environmental processes. Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the essential context of places and regions – recognizing the great differences across the world. It provides a much-needed capability to understand the interaction between humans and the environments in which they live and upon which they ultimately depend. It is an integrating discipline and a stimulating and immensely popular, rewarding and relevant subject for the student and enthusiast alike. It is an essential subject for the 21st century!