Geographical Science investigates the spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales. It examines the patterns and processes of natural and built environments and human activity, how they change over time and how they interact. Human Geography, Environmental Science and Management and Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience all received a rating of 'above world-standard' or 'well above world-standard' in the recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.

A series of Centres, within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences cover the full breadth of Geographical Sciences:

  • Physical Geography is concerned with understanding the patterns and processes in weather and climate and earth systems as well as the impact of human activities on these systems. See studies by the Climate Research Group.
  • Human Geography is concerned with understanding the patterns and processes driving social, cultural and economic activities in urban and rural areas, specifically the location and dynamics of human populations. The Queensland Centre for Population Research focuses on research and training in Demography and Population Geography.