GeogEd Launch 16th-17th December 2019

Launching the ‘Geography and Education Research Group’ of the Royal Geographical Society

‘Geography and the student experience’

To celebrate the Higher Education Research Group becoming the Geography and Education Research Group (GeogEd) we are hosting a two-day conference and workshop event at University of the West of England on 16th-17th December 2019

The two-day event will be structured around re-launching the group and providing a networking opportunity for participants interested in either or both of the themes of the Research Group and the overlap between the them (see Figure below).  The broad theme of the conference is centred around ‘Geography and the student experience’, and we look forward to stimulating reflections upon the experiences of geography students (in whatever context from primary school through to higher education); students experiences of geography; and the geographies of these experiences.

The event will be in two stages over two days.  Anyone is welcome to attend Day One, but involvement in Day Two is by application only. 

Day One 16th December 2019: Conference

This day-long conference will explore geographies of education and pedagogy in geography perspectives, and the interrelationships between the two themes.  Participants are invited to submit a 150-word abstract about their work in any areas of research across the Geography and Education Nexus (see Figure above).  The format of the presentation will be varied on the day including:

  • 15 minute presentations
  • 2 minute incubator discussion presentations followed by approximately 10 minute discussion on the topic
  • Posters

Please indicate your preferred format for your presentation on the abstract form, but please be aware that we may not be able to guarantee your preferred format.  Please submit your abstract via the following link: Deadline:  12:00 noon 21st October 2019.  Presenters will be notified if their abstract has been accepted and in what format on 4th November 2019.  

Day Two 17th December 2019: Structured writing workshop

The goal of Day two is to write a series of short comment/discussion articles for Area narrating the Research Group changes to a wider disciplinary audience and to provide a long term record of the discussion and decision to expand the focus of the Research Group.  Each article (2000-3000 words) will contribute to a narrative charting where the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) has come from, and where it is going as the Geography and Education Research Group (GeogEd).  These will then be submitted to Area to undergo the normal peer review process. 

Participants are invited to apply to join one of the following broad themes:   

  • The history of the Higher Education Research Group and geography education in HE (Lead by Dr Ruth Healey)
  • The rising status of the ‘Geographies of Education’ as a discipline (Lead by Professor Peter Kraftl)
  • Looking ahead to the future: Key issues across the Geography and Education Nexus (Lead by Dr Matt Finn)

Broad overview of commitment dates:

21st October 2019 – Deadline for application submissions
4th November 2019 – Applicants notified if they have been accepted and in which group
2nd December 2019 – Each writing group to submit 500 word outline paper
17th December 2019 – Writing group workshop at UWE
18th December 2019-30th January 2020 – Working at a distance on 2000-3000 word paper
31st January 2020 – Planned submission deadline (more information to follow)

Applicants need to be able to commit to working to the above time-frame and attend the writing group workshop at UWE on 17th December 2019.  Please submit your application via the following link:  12:00 noon 21st October 2019. 

Any questions about the application process please contact Harry West ( ).  Further details about registration for the conference day and costs for both days to be announced soon.