Departments of Geography and Sustainability Sciences (DGSS)

Human and life support systems across the world are rapidly evolving. We acknowledge that education, research and training are indispensable tools in the quest to address pressing environmental and human development challenges brought about by this change. These challenges include rapid urbanization, flooding, poor housing, environmental pollution, poverty, hunger, inequality as well as weak health, transportation, and governance systems. The consensus on the global development landscape is to apply sustainability principles in solving the fore-mentioned challenges at the individual, local, national, and international levels. This requires the rigorous and efficient training of professionals who combine critical thinking and teamwork skills to their theoretical and practical skills to appreciate and solve spatial problems.

To this end, the Department of Geography and Sustainability Science trains its students to pursue scientific exploration to:

  1. Understand interactions between, anthropogenic activity, the earth system, earth resources and their implications for sustainable development.
  2. Apply state-of-the-art methods and equipment to scientifically analyze spatial data, draw conclusions from the data and proffer policy-relevant solutions to spatial developmental challenges.
  3. Equip students with the theoretical and practical skills to effectively contribute to solving a variety of problems including spatial, environmental, and developmental challenges.
  4. Influence policy through cutting-edge research and dialogue with relevant stakeholders.


  1. BSc . Planning and Sustainability
  2. MPhil / MSc. Environmental Planning and Development

Career Prospects

Graduates of the BSc Planning and Sustainability programme have employment opportunities with development agencies, environmental protection agencies, environmental consulting firms, teaching and research institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governmental agencies especially those focused on sustainable development issues. The programme also provides students the opportunity to prepare for graduate study in planning, regional science, management science and other related fields. Specific employers include the following:

  1. National Development Planning Commission
  2. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
  3. International Development and Donor Agencies
  4. Various Non-Governmental Organizations
  5. Tertiary Educational Institutions
  6. Environmental Protection Agency
  7. Ministry of Land and Natural Resources
  8. Forestry Commission
  9. Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  10. Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology
  11. Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
  12. Mining Companies
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