Geography and Urban Studies News

In more ways than one, nature, society and urbanism intersect, and here at Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts, we explore the causes and results of that intersection. The Department of Geography and Urban Studies researches this topic and provides undergraduate and graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to explore how space, place and scale effect the connection between nature and society. The department has a specialized focus on urban studies, here you’ll find content relative to everything our students, faculty and alumni are doing to further geographic analysis of all kinds. Follow the stories here to understand the impact of those changes and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.


Chris Aiosa

Do Good Multnomah, the homeless shelter founded by Chris Aiosa '09, is the first veterans-only shelter in Portland, Oregon and the city’s only veteran-centered non-profit.

Pete Angevine

What do Pizza, Sawdust, and Thai Iced Tea have in common? They’re all flavors of Little Baby’s Ice Cream, founded by Pete Angevine ’08.

After completing his PhD in Geography and Urban Studies, Mike served as the Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation Specialist and Extension Agent at Sea Grant and the Associate Director of Resilience Strategy Delivery at 100 Resilient Cities. Mike is now a Lead Researcher in Ethnographic and Qualitative Studies at LiquidHub.


The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awardees for 2014 have just been announced. Rochelle Coretta Cassells, and Kathryn Devlin - both pscyhology students - and Sierra Ross Gladfelter, geography major, have been awarded  NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for 2014. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S.

Pennypack Park

James Duffy

The Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University has been awarded a $1.235 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to provide oversight, expertise and support for dozens of restoration projects in five watersheds in the Philadelphia region.