Department of Geography and Urban Studies



About the Department of Geography and Urban Studies

GUS currently has over 200 undergraduate majors in Environmental Studies and Geography & Urban Studies, 14 Masters students, 21 doctoral students, and 21 faculty members.

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies (GUS) at Temple University aims to provide undergraduate and graduate instruction and research related to urban systems, nature and society, international development, and spatial analysis, with a special emphasis on the geographic analysis of urban dynamics.

Department of Geography and Urban Studies Research

The four research themes associated with the department include:


Focus on local quality-of-life and justice issues

gusSocial Justice

Focus on the intersection of place and inequality.

gusGeographic Methods

Focus on new methods in geographical analysis.


Focus on the processes that constitute globalization.

Department News and Events

Labaron Palmer

PhD Student Labaron Palmer accepted into the Digital Humanities Program at CHAT

Labaron Palmer, a first-year doctoral student in GUS, has been accepted to the Digital Humanities Program at the Center for Humanities at Temple (CHAT). The title of Labaron’s project is “Digitizing the Middle East & North Africa: An American Perspective” and will investigate explain basic concepts particular to urban geography with an aim in minimizing negative…
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Temple University Critical Geography Conference

Hosted by Temple University’s Department of Geography and Urban Studies, the 21st Annual Critical Geography Conference hopes to include a wide array of scholars and activists doing work in critical geography.  This year’s overarching theme connotes an exploration of how we understand, follow, imagine, feel, utilize, yield to and alter the workings of power. Power has…
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