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Master of Arts in Geography

Master of Arts in Geography

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
We are pleased that you are interested in graduate studies in Geography at the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky has a distinguished history of research and educational achievement as the state's premier university. Set within the context of a traditional land grant research institution, the Department of Geography is very proud of its successes in graduate education over the years. The Department of Geography has been identified as one of the top twenty academic programs at the University of Kentucky and, as part of a state effort to identify and enhance top research and graduate programs, has been designated a Research Challenge Trust Fund (RCTF) program. With 19 regular faculty members and several adjunct and affiliated faculty members, and nearly 60 graduate students, the Department is academic home to a broad range of geographers. Our research clusters indicate the diversity of faculty research activities. Our Graduate program is central to departmental life and a key reason for the high profile we enjoy nationally and internationally for quality geographic research. Faculty and student research in the Department focuses on interrelated thematic clusters. Research seminars are organized around topics relevant to these clusters. The thematic content of seminars varies in accordance with the current interests of graduate students and faculty. The research clusters we presently feature are: • Cultural Geographies: Interpretation and analysis of cultural landscapes and the built environment; space and representation; the political economy of landscape production; racialized landscapes; historical geographies of settlement; questions of space and power relating to race, class, gender and their intersection; historic preservation; US roadscapes; regional imagery; popular culture; community, identity and belonging and their social construction; the diasporic identities of migrants and immigrants, Islamic/Muslim cultural practices in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States; recreation, tourism and society. • Critical Mapping: Social implications of geospatial technologies; critical GIS/cartography; histories of cartography and GIS; public participation GIS, and community-based GIS; volunteered geographic information and neogeographies; mapping 2.0 and the geoweb; spatialities of user-generated content; geographies of the Internet; digital/spatial humanities. Research in this area is organized through the New Mappings Collaboratory established in 2011. • Development Studies: Policies and practices of development; political economy perspectives on development; anti-development and postcolonial theory; household survival strategies; the relations between migration, transportation, tourism, and economic development; environmental management and sustainable development. • Economic Geography: The political economy of urban and regional economic change; globalization, and in particular the critical geographies of global finance: information and telecommunications, especially the economic geography of the internet; the oil and resource extractive industries; the geography of multinational corporations, foreign direct investment, and global production and 2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin Page 129 Table of Contents commodity chains; economic clusters; alternative forms of urban and economic development (including craft-oriented production, immigrant entrepreneurship, informal employment, local currency systems and Islamic banking); the geography of labor and employment; labor migration and migrant labor.