The economy, and the employment it creates, the incomes it provides, and the services and infrastructure it funds, are of central importance to households and individuals. Geographers are interested in the impacts of economic change on places and regions. In doing so, they focus on the processes producing these changes, and ways of promoting regional development. Geographers are interested in:

  • Analysing the processes driving change in the spatial pattern of economic activity.
  • The changing nature of manufacturing in developed countries, specifically the shift from labour-intensive manufacturing to high, value-added manufacturing.
  • The extent to which remote and generally small towns can take advantage of the economic and population changes associated with mineral and energy extraction.

Wine production is an example of high value-added manufacturing

Relevant careers include climate change assessment and planning; community development; consultancy and project management; environmental and social impact assessment; environmental monitoring and management; international development and aid; local and regional development; mapping and cartography; public policy; planning; real estate and land development; research; and tourism management.