Geography and Planning


Geography is the study of interactions between human society and the natural and built environments, and the places that are produced from these interrelationships. Geography brings a unique perspective to current environmental, social, economic, population and cultural issues through its appreciation of the role of all scales – global, national, regional and local – in influencing change.

Geographers address the big issues facing society: from understanding migration patterns, investigating social and economic inequality, to exploring the condition of our inland rivers, to forecasting the likely impact of climate change and sea level rise on coastal towns and cities. Interdisciplinary in nature, geography draws together knowledge, theory and methods from the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Urban & Regional Planning

Do you want to…

  • Change the world around you?
  • Shape the future of our cities, towns and regions?
  • Create places that are attractive, environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically efficient?
  • Learn about development, the environment, transport, urban design, architecture, the economy, law, heritage, climate change, housing, society & culture, tourism, and shopping - all at the same time?
  • Obtain a degree that can take you in many different directions, career-wise?
  • Become a member of one of the most in-demand professions in Australia?
  • Know you are all but guaranteed a good job with good pay?

If so, you should look to study urban & regional planning at UNE. Urban & regional planning, put simply, is about shaping the places in which we live, work and play. Because these places are made up of many different elements, planning draws upon diverse fields of knowledge. It is multi-disciplinary, both a science and an art.

Each year, more planners graduate from UNE than from any other Australian university. Students enrolled in UNE's Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning degree can study units such as: Principles of Development Control; Environmental Planning & Administration, Architecture & Urban Design; Urban Living; Access & Mobility; Economic Change & Urban Development; Retail Geography Planning & Practice; Climate Change & Future Planning.

Use the menu on the left or the links below to find information about studying Geography and Planning at UNE.