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Dr. Oliver Coomes

Department of Geography
McGill University,
805 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, QC H3A 0B9


What I Teach:

Geog 216 Geography of the World Economy


The course introduces the geography of the world economic system. It describes the spatial distribution of economic activities and examines the factors which influence their changing location. Case studies from both "developed" and "developing" countries will test the different geographical theories presented in lectures. Co-taught.

Geog 310 Development and Livelihoods

A discussion of the geographical dimensions of rural/urban livelihoods in the face of socioeconomic and environmental change in developing regions. Emphasis on household natural resource use, survival strategies and vulnerability, decision-making, formal and informal institutions, migration, and development experience in contrasting global environments.

Geog 510 Humid Tropical Environments

A graduate level seminar on humid tropical ecosystems, the people of the rain forest, and the development experience of tropical regions; regional focus on Amazonia. Draws students primarily from Geography, Biology and Anthropology.

Geog 498 Humans in Tropical Envrionments (Panama)

An upper-level course, as part of the Panama Field Study Semester, on rural livelihood, migration and land use change in Panama. Offered every other year. Co-taught.

Geog 631 Methods of Geographical Research


The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students in Geography to geographical research leading to the preparation of the thesis proposal and its presentation to the class in the winter term.



Contact Information

Department of Geography

McGill University

805 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 0B9

phone: (514) 398-4111 fax: (514) 398-7437

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Last updated 19/03/2008