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 :

Publications :

  • Octobre 2018 : publication de Francisco Klauser : "Surveillance Farm: Towards a Research Agenda on Big Data Agriculture".
  • Septembre 2018 : publication de Suzy Blondin : "Environmental migrations in Central Asia: a multifaceted approach to the issue". Central Asian Survey.
  • 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


Actualités :

Fonds projet FNS obtenus, Francisco Klauser : Big Data in Agriculture: The Making of Smart Farms (2018-2020). Abstract


Rencontres scientifiques IGG :

25.10.2018 : Christian Abrahamsson (University of Oslo)
Topoi/Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

22.11.2018 : Evan Blake (IGG)
Building a geohistory of the South African smart city

13.12.2018 : Loïc Bruening (IGG)
Erosion des côtes au Sénégal : migration et stratégies d’adaptation




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