Journal article

The state of geography in Australian universities

Lesley Head, Ian Rutherfurd

TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

We place the state of Australian university Geography in brief historical context and assess the key contemporary challenges. We draw on recent strategic reviews and overviews, and perspectives from the heads of programmes. Geography’s presence and visibility in both STEM and HASS domains is a key source of its attractiveness to students and its cross-disciplinary strength. Unfortunately, this same STEM/HASS crossover is precisely what makes it chronically vulnerable to institutional restructuring.