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|Title:||Geography and environmental studies in Australia: Symbiosis for survival in the 21st century?|
|Citation:||Geographical Research, 2002; 40(1):21-32|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Geography, Environment and Population publications|
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