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Job: RGS Managing Editor: Academic Publications

Would you like to manage the academic publications of a leading learned society in geography?
The Managing Editor oversees the publication of the Society’s academic journals and books (www.rgs.org/journals)- Area, The Geographical Journal, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and WIREs Climate Change, and the RGS-IBG Book Series, all published in partnership with Wiley. A new fully open access journal, GEO: Geography and Environment, is to be launched in 2014.
This is a permanent full-time appointment subject to successful completion of a four month probationary period. The post is salaried £25,920 to £27,828 per annum according to experience.
View the full job description (PDF) for detailed instructions on how to apply. Applications must be received by 5:00pm 29th January 2014. Interviews will be held on the 10th February. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Call for papers: Educational Transitions: Changes, Contexts and Geographies

2014 RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014, London, 26-29 August 2014.

Sponsored by the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG).
Session organisers: Dr Mark Holton (University of Brighton, UK), Dr Mark Riley (University of Liverpool, UK), Prof. Barbara Pini (Griffith University, Australia).
There has been a burgeoning of research, in recent years, seeking to articulate how geographical insights might inform educational research. Geographers have approached education from a number of perspectives, including a discussion of changing educational policies and their underlying ideologies, the internationalization and transnationalisation of education, as well as socio-cultural analyses of the rising importance of alternative spaces of education, education experiences and the emotional geographies of education. Running through these discussions have been calls for an ‘outward looking’ and ‘de-centered’ geography of education (Hanson Theim, 2009; Holloway et al, 2010) which reaches out to wider conceptual debates within geography and beyond. This session hopes to bring together various strands of work on the geographies of education, encourage further critical exploration of future agendas for this work, and explore various educational transitions.
These might include, but are not limited to:
·         New and alternative spaces of education
·         The [re]placing and transitioning of educational institutions
·         Multiple scales and sites of educational experiences
·         Educational identities
·         Retheorising ‘education’
·         Educational futures. 
Please email a 250 word abstract to one of the convenors:
Deadline for submission Monday 10th February 2014.
For further inquiries or if you would like to discuss your papers before submitting, please contact any of the convenors.

CFP: Postgraduate Snapshots: Engagements in Social and Cultural Geography

CFP: Postgraduate Snapshots: Engagements in Social and Cultural Geography
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014.

Session convenors: Emma Spence (Cardiff University) and Richard Scriven (University College Cork, Ireland)

Sponsored by the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group and the Postgraduate Forum

The aim of this session is to explore the different ways in which postgraduates are (co)producing social and cultural geographies through their research, collaborations, methods, and encounters. Postgraduate research is frequently at the forefront of changes and challenges in the discipline, with large research projects, funding agendas, and national and institutional policies fundamentally shaping the work undertaken by postgraduates, but this is largely unrecognized or lacks serious reflection and discussion. This session allows for considerations and explorations of how ‘co-production’ is manifest in this arena by engaging with the diversity of postgraduate research. 

We are seeking postgraduates to present a ‘
snapshot’ of their research and co-productions. In line with the title of the session, we seek contributions that focus on one element, such as new fields of inquiry, theoretical emphasis, emerging methods, collaborations, and innovations. We ask applicants to provide a snapshot (whether a photograph, a quotation, a field diary entry, an image of an object, or mini-video clip, for example) complete with an abstract (of max 150 words) that explains how the snapshot showcases both contemporary social and cultural geography research and elements of co-production.

It is envisaged that the ‘
snapshot’ will be the main artifact around which each contribution is orientated. In order to facilitate discussion, we encourage participants to consider presenting in innovative and engaging ways by fully utilizing their snapshots.

Please email prospective contributions to both session organisers Emma Spence (
spenceee@cardiff.ac.uk) and Richard Scriven (r.scriven@umail.ucc.ie). The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th February 2014. Please include:  

  • A title for your ‘Snapshot
  • The Snapshot
  • An abstract (max 150 words)
  • A short description of how your presentation will use your Snapshot (max 100 words)
  • Your name, affiliation and contact details (email address)

Co-production and Postgraduate Research: Call for Posters


The Postgraduate Forum invites poster contributions from postgraduate and early-career researchers interested in presenting any aspect of their research in progress in a visual and interactive way. This session provides a friendly and supportive space to present and explore the innovative and exciting geographical research being done by postgraduates and early career researchers. It also provides participants with a rapid and intensive update and overview of emerging postgraduate geographical research. A specific session within the Conference will be provided for participants to explain and discuss their poster.

Posters may be individually or co-authored, but at least one poster author is expected to attend the conference on the day that their poster is exhibited (a session will be allocated in the conference timetable for this purpose), in order to explain their poster to, and discuss their research with, other delegates.

The conference is able to accept posters up to the following sizes: size A1 in portrait or landscape format, or size A0 in portrait format only.  Contributors are advised to consider the design of their posters carefully — prepare the best material (visually appealing and succinct) that effectively communicates your research problem, techniques, results, and what is novel and important about your work.  Further guidance will be provided to authors of accepted posters.

To propose a poster for this session, please send the following information to the session organiser Richard Scriven (r.scriven@umail.ucc.ie) before Friday 14th February 2014:
  • A title for your poster
  • An abstract for your poster’s research (max 150 words)
  • A short description of how you will make your poster visually interesting, and who the target audience is (max 100 words)
  • Your name, affiliation and contact details (email address)

Co-production and Postgraduate Research: RGS-IBG Conference CFP

Presentation and Discussion Session
Sponsored by the Postgraduate Forum

This year, in responding to the conference theme of Co-Production, session participants are welcomed from postgraduate and early career researchers who wish to explore, speculate and discuss aspects of co-production as it relates to their research and research experiences. Elements of co-production are a central component of postgraduate research, including student-supervisor relationships, originality, innovative methodologies, collaborations, partnerships, social-media roles, online presences and multi/inter-disciplinarity. We are eager to create participatory sessions where postgraduates and early career researchers can contribute to larger discussions while showcasing aspects of their research.

We particularly welcome contributions that address the following themes:

  • Theoretical and methodological opportunities and challenges
  • Collaborations outside of the academy
  • Working closely with or being funded by institutions or commercial organisations
  • Researching with people: participants, subjects or partners?
  • Integrity, respect and ethics in the research process
  • Working with supervisors and working as part of a larger research project
  • Co-authoring with fellow postgraduates or with academics
  • Reflections on the writing-up process
  • Online research and presences

The session is intended to be interactive, with presentations followed by a roundtable discussion. Each participant will give a short (7 minute) presentation centring on an element of her/his research that relates to the theme of co-production, after which there will be a discussion of the ideas and issues raised involving speakers and audience.

Please email prospective contributions (title and a 100 word summary of key issue to be covered, along with your name, affiliation and contact details) to the session organiser Richard Scriven (r.scriven@umail.ucc.ie). The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th February 2014.  

RGS Learning and Leading Programme Coordinator

Do you have the skills and experience to help disadvantaged young people undertake high quality fieldwork, field research and geographically focused overseas experiences?

Full job description: Learning and Leading Programme Coordinator (PDF)

This is a two-year fixed-term position, subject to successful completion of a four-month probationary period. The post will be salaried up to c£29,000 according to experience.

To apply, please email Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) via s.brace@rgs.org with a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the post and how you fulfil the selection criteria listed in the full job description. Please include details of your current salary, the names and email addresses of two referees, and your contact details (telephone and email).

Applications must be received by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 17 December 2013, interviews will be held in the early New Year. Only successful shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Care for the Future Early Career Researcher Workshop

Event Date: 18th and 19th February 2014
Event Location: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

This open call invites Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to attend, and contribute to, the ECR Workshop for Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past. The facilitated workshop will be highly participative, interactive and open to innovative ideas from participants about future research opportunities and priorities for Care for the Future. It will offer ECRs, as potential future research leaders, the opportunity to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond.

Funding Opportunity
Attendees at the workshop will have an opportunity to apply for funding in the form of Care for the Future Developmental Awards of up to £40,000 Full Economic Costing (FEC) to support collaborative grants with an additional amount of up to £15,000 FEC available to support international collaboration.

Further information
Applicants should complete an expression of interest, comprising of a supporting statement and a CV. Further information on eligibility criteria and applying to attend is found within the ECR Workshop EOI Guidance..

The deadline for applications to attend the workshop is 4pm Monday 11th November 2013. Applications should be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment to culturesandheritage@ahrc.ac.uk (please quote ‘Care for the Future: ECR Workshop’ in the subject line). Please note that late submissions will not be considered.

Contact for Queries
If you have any queries about this call for expressions of interest or the ECR Workshop, please contact Hattie Allsop at AHRC at culturesandheritage@ahrc.ac.uk or on 01793 416038


HEA Postgraduates who teach workshop

18th November, RGS-IBG, London

A  one day workshop for postgraduate students and other non-permanent academic staff / associates who are involved in teaching and supporting student learning specifically in the Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES) disciplines – teaching, demonstrating, fieldwork assistants, guest lecturing, marking, etc. There will be a range of sessions including using and creating Open Educational Resources, making field and laboratory work effective, giving constructive feedback in GEES disciplines, career planning. There will also be an opportunity to bring your own teaching related problems to a question and answer session. This is a superb opportunity to network and develop contacts across the GEES disciplines and beyond your own institution. Further details and registration at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/18_Nov_Postgraduates_who_teach_GEES

Social and Cultural Geography Postgrads

If you are a postgraduate student interested in social or cultural geographies then the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) is for you.

The SCGRG is one of the largest and most active societies of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The group embraces a wide range of research and activities concerned with the way the world works to produce social and cultural difference, engaging with key social science debates concerning identity, subjectivity, citizenship and belonging and many other issues such as materiality, power, mobility, emotion and creativity.

Emma Spence and Richard Scriven are the new postgraduate representatives on the SCGRG Committee. They ensure that a postgraduate voice is added to the workings of the group, as well as communicating with postgraduates and coordinating events.

Emma is a PhD student in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. She studies the social and cultural geographies of the sea exploring the lifeworlds of crew on board ships and ashore. Conceptually she is interested in assemblage theory, the mobilities field, and maritime geographies.

Richard is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at University College Cork, Ireland. His research explores pilgrimage practices in contemporary Ireland as embodied mobilities, performative events and spiritual encounters. The study is informed by the geographies of mobilities, non-representational geographies and research on self and landscape.

If you are a geography student interested in social and cultural geographies then why not sign up to the SCGRG mailing list. Check out our website (www.scgrg.org) for details of upcoming events and publications, and follow us on Twitter (@SCGRG_RGS) and Facebook (on.fb.me/18pHPXa).

Please feel free to contact either Richard (102087081@umail.ucc.ie) or Emma (spenceee@cardiff.ac.uk) if you wish to know more about the SCGRG, our activities, or if you wish to collaborate on upcoming events, workshops, or conferences.


Please find outlined below the details for PGF-ACTS on Tuesday 27th

Venue : The registration and lunch will be held at the RGS-IBG, while the event itself will be in the Sir Alexander Fleming Building (Lecture Theatre G34 and Seminar Rooms 121 and 122), Imperial College. (Map).

We will gather at the RGS-IBG from Noon on-wards and then travel together to the Sir Alexander Fleming Building. Please note you have to register at the RGS-IBG first. For full directions to RGS-IBG, including public transport connections, please visit Wwww.rgs.org/VisitUs or view WSW7 2AR on Open Street Map.


Time Session title Further information
Midday to 12.50pm Registration and lunch Registration open for all conference delegates at the RGS-IBG, with lunch available for those attending PGF-ACTS, before walking to Imperial College (5min) for PGF-ACTS event.
1pm Opening Comments Sophie Yarker, Chair of the PG Forum and Jonathan Rigg, Chair of Conference
1:15 to 2:30pm Publishing strategies A workshop on publishing strategies during and after a PhD.

Contributors: Professor Klaus Dodds (Editor, The Geographical Journal) and Dr Madeleine Hatfield (Managing Editor, Journals, RGS-IBG).

2:30 to 3:30pm Word Café: Shared experiences Friendly discussion and networking opportunity, using World Café format.  Early-career researchers will be on hand to provide advice and information on a range of topics.

Contributors include: Teaching and learning – Prof.  Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University); Creative Research Methods – Dr Libby Straughan (University of Glasgow); Online presence and work beyond the academy – Dr Hilary Geoghegan (University College London); Starting off on a research/academic career – Dr Paul Simpson (Plymouth University); Research Funding – Dr Sarah Mills (Loughborough University); Academic job applications – Dr Sara Fregonese (University of Birmingham); Writing, getting published and collaborating – Dr Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway); Creative Evaluation – Sue Challis (Community Arts Worker)

3:30 to 4:00pm Tea/coffee break  
4:00 to 5:15pm Transferable skills from a PhD: getting the job A panel discussion and Q&A session about identifying and exploiting the transferable skills acquired in the course of a PhD, and how they match the changing job markets inside and outside academia.

Panellists: Professor Bruce Braun (University of Minnesota); Professor Nina Laurie (Newcastle University); Kate Amis (Education and employment consultant).

5:15 to
c. 5:30pm
Closing remarks and evaluation  
Arrive for 6pm Walk back to the RGS-IBG for the conference opening plenary session and drinks reception.  

Social Media 

Stay in contact during the conference:  @PGF_RGSIBG   #RGSIBG13


If you have any general questions relating to the event please feel free to contact me. For any questions regarding registration, payments and the rest of the conference please email  AC2013@rgs.org.