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Geography NOW

Read about where geographers have worked on policy-relevant issues in our NOW series of articles.



In our online publication, NOW, we explore how geographers are addressing the big issues we face in the UK today and how a geographical perspective improves our understanding of the world, developing policy solutions, and improving lives.

Last updated September 2012: New article added (#26)



NOW offers a glimpse of work by UK geographers who are making positive impacts on policy - bringing benefits to the wider world. Dr Rita Gardner, Director RGS-IBG 

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For further information on this series, including if you are interested in having your work featured in future editions or would like to put someone else's work forward, please contact the RGS-IBG Policy team at policy@rgs.org.


Improving the detection of landmines

Article 26: Improving the detection of landmines

Geographer Professor John Dearing has led a research project which has mapped the magnetic properties of soils across England and Wales for the first time. This work is assisting the Ministry of Defence in creating specifications for new mine detectors. Read more (PDF) » (published 09.12)

Assessing the impact of the 2012 Olympics

Article 25: Assessing the impact of the 2012 Olympics

Geographer Professor Allan Brimicombe FRGS is leading the impact study being carried out for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to assess the environmental, socio-cultural economic effects of the Games in 2012. Read more (PDF) »
(published 05.12)


Mapping the value of nature

Article 24: Mapping the value of nature

A geographer has worked in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme to develop Co$ting Nature, a policy support tool which is able to map globally the relative value provided to humanity by protected areas and other ecosystems. Read more (PDF) »
(published 06.11)


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Previous articles (14-23)

Links to other previous articles can be found below:


Full details of all previous NOW articles »


Archive edition (1-13)

NOW 1 (2008: articles 1-13) (PDF), covering the following topics:

Flood hazards; climate change; arsenic pollution; social exclusion; migration; planning; the census; poverty; meteorology; boundary disputes; coastal erosion; healthy communities; and urban rivers.

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