(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Globalization : a Physical Geography perspective

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) School of Geography, Univ., Nottingham, ROYAUME-UNI


Although globalization is a term usually restricted to economics and the social sciences, there are aspects of the phenomenon that are intimately linked to the practice and purpose of the physical and environmental sciences and exemplified through Physical Geography. At a fundamental level, Physical Geography has always sought to describe and understand the multiple subsystems of the environment and their connections with human activity : it is global and globalizing at its very roots. Globalization may be seen historically in the global export of western science, including Physical Geography, that underpinned colonial resource exploitation, and which subsequently laid to the foundations for the worldwide conservation movement. Globalization is also at work in setting contemporary scientific agendas that are focused on larger-scale issues of environment and development and environmental change, particularly in an emergent Earth System Science, and also in Sustainability Science. These global agendas are not simply shared with but also co-produced by the public, politicians and commercial interests, providing both opportunities and challenges for traditional diciplines and traditional disciplinary practices such as Physical Geography


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 33, no1 [pp. 5-16-]

Bibliographic references : 1,5 p



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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