Geography and Urban Studies PhD
Build the analytical foundation and specialized skills to address real-world problems with the Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Urban Studies in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. In this 51-credit doctoral degree program, you will examine spatial relations, scale transitions, place, context and societal relations within interdisciplinary and spatially integrative frameworks.
Study and analyze the development of urban regions with emphasis on the following issues.
- Geographic methods, including spatial analysis, remote sensing and qualitative research.
- Globalization, including capital and labor flows, culture, citizenship, identity, and welfare state restructuring.
- Social justice, focusing on increasing inequalities across economics, gender and race.
- Sustainability, emphasizing ecology, environmental justice and land use.
You will employ various theoretical approaches to investigate geographic and urban patterns and processes, using data to reveal key concepts. Acquire the methodological tools necessary to understand and address the economic, environmental, political and social challenges central to the wellbeing of billions of people in an urbanizing world.
Graduate faculty expertise includes critical feminist geography, geography program evaluation and spatial analysis. Faculty networks with academic institutions, community organizations, non-governmental organizations and public agencies, as well as social movements in Philadelphia, provide opportunities to actively engage in public policy and urban research beyond the classroom.
Graduates are prepared to conduct advanced scholarly research to prepare for careers in academia or professional research, or for professional work in non-government organizations, private firms and think tanks that focus on critical issues in the field.