The Institute of Geography at the University of Neuchâtel (IGG) was founded in 1974. Providing an open environment for students through its friendly and accessible teaching staff, it also makes significant national and international contributions to research and education.

As well as a Bachelor’s degree, the IGG also offers a Masters course in “Spaces of Globalization”. The institute also participates in the PhD programme “Dynamics of Research in Geography”, funded by the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO). The IGG specializes in human geography, but includes physical geography content to Bachelor level.

The main fields of research and education at the Institute are:

- urban geography, in particular urban globalization and new forms of urbanization;

- geography of mobilities, in particular migration flows and policies, and the relationship between migration and the environment;

- political geography, in particular the imbrications of space, power and regulation in urban space and in the context of mobility.

The IGG is a member of Maison d’analyse des processus sociaux (The Association
for the Analysis of Social Processes, MAPS), an interdisciplinary centre for the human and social sciences which specializes in research on the circulation of people, knowledge and wealth. MAPS also coordinates the faculty’s Human and Social Sciences Masters programme.

The IGG maintains close relations with a number of universities in Switzerland and abroad, and is linked in particular with the Geography departments in Franche-Comté, Berlin, Madrid, Palermo, Abidjan, Niamey and Ouagadougou. If students wish, they may undertake part of their studies at one of these universities.

Agenda :

  • 13 juin 2018 : Workshop “Interdisciplinary experiments between psychiatry and the social sciences”, Salle Bovet, 18 place Chauderon, Lausanne Détails
  • 12 juin 2018 : Conférence “Cities and mental health : interdisciplinary experiments”, Auditoire Jequier Doge, 44 rue du Bugnon, Lausanne Détails
  • 5 juin 2018 : Workshop "Prototyping the Idiotic City" with Ola Söderström, Centre for Invention & Social Process (CISP), Goldsmiths, University of London Détails.
  • 31 mai 2018 : Conférence Terrain Urbain : retours sur Casablanca, 18h15 à 19h15 - FLSH, salle R.E.48
  • 15 février 2018 : co-organisation et participation à un événement sur les "Drones cultures", Silvana Pedrozo, Dennis Pauchinger et Francisco Klauser. Programme

Publications :

  • Juin 2018 : publication d'Yvonne Riaño, Christof van Mol et Parvati Raghuram :"New direction in studying policies of international student mobility and migration". Globalisation, Societies and Education, 16:3, pp. 283-294.
  • Juin 2018 : publication de Marc Winz  : "An atmospheric approach to the city-psychosis nexus. Perspectives for researching embodied urban experiences of people diagnosed with schizophrenia". Lien
  • Février 2018 : Article dans ArcInfo "Ce que Neuchâtel peut apprendre des villes du Sud", O. Söderström.
  • Janvier 2018 : publication d'Yvonne Riaño, Annique Lombard et Etienne Piguet :"How to explain migration policy openness in times of closure? The case of international students in Switzerland". Globalisation, Societies and Education Lien
  • Janvier 2018 : publication d'Etienne Piguet :"Back home or not". Nature Sustainability. Lien

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