Speaker Series: Coping With a Fast-Changing World: Why Geography Matters
Drawing on his latest book, “Geography: Why It Matters,” Murphy explains why geography, a subject concerned with how people, environments, and places are organized and interconnected, is so important. Geographical perspectives and techniques provide critical insights into a planet undergoing unprecedented change as a result of rising sea levels, deforestation, species extinction, rapid urbanization, modern technologies, and mass migration. Professor Murphy is a political-cultural geographer with regional specialties in Europe and the Middle East. His work focuses on the ways in which the changing political organization of space reflects and shapes ethnic, socio-economic, and environmental processes; the foundations and consequences of influential geopolitical ideas and assumptions; the role of legal and political arrangements in mediating human-environment relations; and the importance of geographical education for efforts to address critical challenges facing the contemporary world.