Urban GeographyUrban Studies encourages students to learn about cities as historical, social, cultural, economic, and political phenomena within a spatial context aiming to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems. The focus is mainly on the spatial transformation of the South African city. Special attention is given to small town developmental challenges.
Geographical Information Technologyis concerned with the processing geographical data to address problems related to geography. It involves collecting, manipulating, analysing and presenting spatial data using geographical information systems (GIS), earth observation (remote sensing) and global navigation satellite systems.
The Centre for Geographical Analysis (CGA) is a research institution seated in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies. The CGA specializes in the application of satellite remote sensing, geographical information systems (GIS) and other geographical-analytical techniques for research and training purposes.
The mission of the Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) is to add value to the local and international pool of knowledge in the field of urban and regional systems analysis and to disseminate this knowledge through its programmes of research and education.
The Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (DiMP) was established in 1996 and at Stellenbosch University from 2011. Since its inception, DiMP has introduced disaster risk-related post-graduate programmes and generated numerous publications. DiMP particularly focuses on urban risk, as well as hydro-meteorological threats and fire.