About the Society
Geography is the study of place, space and the environment. Geographers investigate the character of places, the distribution of phenomena across space, biophysical processes and features, and dynamic relationships between humans and environments - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the nature and causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie many developments in human geography. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography).
Geographers seek to understand why the world is the way that it is, and to participate in shaping sustainable futures. Geographers investigate the character of places, the distribution of phenomena across space, biophysical processes and features, and dynamic relationships between humans and environments.
Three complementary concepts used in geography are:
- place. Geographers explore what places mean, how people shape places, and how places shape our lives. This brings many areas of geography together in an holistic approach to understanding the characteristics of, and relationships between localities, cities, regions, countries and continents.
- space. Geographers examine how, why and with what effect diverse phenomena vary across the surface of the earth. Geographers understand space to be configured by the movement and organisation of people and materials as well as being a location for social and material action.
- environment. Geographers investigate biophysical environments encompassing terrestrial, marine and atmospheric systems. These investigations include the nature, dimensions and causes of environmental change; the reciprocal relationships between the environment and people; the resources biophysical systems provide and their sustainability.
Geography teaches students a wide-range of useful skills. Employers value the wide-ranging computer, research, and analytical skills that geography students bring to work as employees. While job titles that are unlikely to be "geographer," there are many types of positions that fit well with a degree/major in geography. These include urban planning, GIS specialist, climatologist, transport planning, environmental management, real estate, national park management, insurance, housing, travel and tourism industry, mining, education, and so on.
A number of universities include geographical education in their offerings at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels. These institutions in alphabetical order are;
Australian Catholic University
University of New England
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
University of Newcastle
University of Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
University of Western Sydney (UWS)
University of Wollongong
Subjects close to geography, including environmental science and geographical education, are also taught at Charles Sturt University and at Southern Cross University.
Geography is a mandatory subject in NSW schools from Year 7 to Year 10. Many NSW high schools and colleges also offer geography as an HSC elective subject. Please contact the NSW Board of Studies or individual schools to learn about their geography offerings.
About the Society
The Geographical Society of New South Wales is a professional society whose members are geography academics, teachers, practising geographers from both the public and private spheres, and other interested members of the public. The Society's mission is to advance geography in New South Wales and throughout Australia.
The desirability of founding a geographical society in New South Wales was proposed by Associate Professor Thomas Griffith Taylor during a public lecture at the Royal Colonial Institute in Sydney on 26 April 1927. The first meeting of the new Society was held that year on 10 August, with Taylor as President. There had been a precursor in the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia. Its New South Wales branch existed from 1883 until 1921, but other branches of the RGSA have survived for the past 120 years in South Australia and Queensland.
The Geographical Society of NSW is a professional organisation dedicated to the promotion, support and, when necessary, the defence of geographical research, scholarship and education. It encourages geographical submissions to appropriate authorities on the management of environmental and social issues in Australia. The Society aspires to an expansion of geographical literacy among the public of NSW. The Geographical Society of NSW also operates a Travellers Club and supports a varied program of Study Tours that are led by Colin Sale, an experienced and knowledgeable tour leader.
Yes. Australian Geographer was launched in 1928. The journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal that is distributed all over the world. It focuses primarily on two areas of research: Australia and its region, including developments, issues and policies in Australia, the western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, Asia and Antarctica; and environmental studies, particularly the biophysical environment and human interactions with it.
We welcome new members who share our aim to promote geography in NSW. Please see our Membership Application form.
Yes. We are now offering a one year 50% membership discount to all new members who have not previously been a member of the GSNSW. The Geographical Society of NSW seeks to advance geography in New South Wales and throughout Australia, and we would like people who are interested in geography to join us in this endeavour. This special offer is our way of saying welcome, and thank you.