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Type: Journal article
Title: Geography and environmental studies in Australia: Symbiosis for survival in the 21st century?
Author: Harvey, N.
Forster, C.
Bourman, R.
Citation: Geographical Research, 2002; 40(1):21-32
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 1745-5871
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N. Harvey, C. Forster and R.P. Bourman
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a detailed survey into the reasons for the spate of mergers between Geography and Environment Studies that took place in Australian universities from 1989 to 1999. The results, from a 1998 survey, suggest that the development of a symbiotic relationship between the two areas of study is merely a veneer masking a complexity of underlying factors. These include financial reasons, internal university politics, staff changes and mobility, and only in some cases, a genuine academic rationale for a merger. The paper concludes that the superficial appearance of a symbiosis between Geography and Environment Studies generally masks an opportunistic pragmatism which is very site specific in its complexity. The result has been a series of departmental mergers which, although providing a firmer financial footing, raise questions about the academic implications for the development of both study areas as we move into the third millennium.
Keywords: Geography
environmental studies
university department mergers
australian universities
Rights: © Blackwell
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8470.00158
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