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Community outreach

The Geography Department, staff and students are involved in a variety of outreach activities. These activities are undertaken through teaching, research and public service, and benefit those involved in a variety of ways. The public learns more about what the university community does and how it can benefit them, students learn to apply what they learn to real-world problems and issues, and the department can use our research to help society to tackle social, environmental, and other problems at various scales. Undergraduate and graduates students also have the opportunity to incorporate outreach activities into their undergraduate projects and graduate research projects.


Why connect with Geography at Otago?

There are many reasons why your organisation would benefit from collaborating with the University of Otago’s Department of Geography. By forming a relationship with our Department, you can:

  • Gain access to relevant research
  • Source appropriate graduate talent
  • Work with experienced geography experts to conduct complex research
  • Provide a real-life geography problem for student based research projects
  • Develop a platform to raise your profile with the many people who comprise the University community, staff and students alike

We are continually seeking to develop new relationships and to find ways to better service the varied needs of industry. So if you have a geography problem that we can help with, or an idea about how we might work together, please get in touch!

Email geography@otago.ac.nz

Staff in the Department of Geography are always happy to lend assistance, expertise, or give talks, to community groups, organisations, libraries, schools, teachers.

Feel free to contact individual staff, or Geography reception  for further information and advice.

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Information for schools

School visits

If you teach at a high school or college and want to bring your class to campus for a school visit, we can accommodate you. We can also make arrangements to visit you.

For more information on school visits, or to make arrangements to visit, contact:
Ben Varkalis
Email: ben.varkalis@otago.ac.nz

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Tertiary Information Day

Students can also speak with Geography staff by attending the University's Tertiary Information Day.

You can read more about the events planned on the Tertiary Information Day webpage.

Geography staff will be available to discuss options with you at our scheduled drop-in session, which is held in our seminar room on the fifth floor of the Richardson Building at 85 Albany Street.