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About the Research Groups

The Society has 31 Research and Working Groups, which bring together active researchers and those with a professional interest in a particular aspect of geography and related disciplines.  Their primary remit is to support and promote their area of geography through support for academic research and teaching, but their work also extends into education, public policy and research, government and enterprise.

Research Groups meet at the Annual Conference when they also hold their Annual General Meetings (AGMs). Throughout the year there is a varying level of activity for each Research Group with seminars, conferences, workshops, reading days etc. Joining a research group enables you to network with colleagues with similar research interests, keep up to date with the latest research in your specialised field, and receive information on conferences, workshops, and funding opportunities.

Below you can find details of all current RGS-IBG Research and Working Groups, with links to the group's own website, or to a page with further information on the group.


Biogeography Research Group (BRG)

British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)


Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG)

Climate Change Research Group (CCRG)

Coastal and Marine Research Group (CMRG)


Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

Digital Geographies Working Group (DGWG)


Economic Geography Research Group (EGRG)

Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG)


Food Geographies Working Group (FGWG)


Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)
formerly known as the Women and Geography Study Group (WGSG)

Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG)

Geographical Information Science Research Group (GIScRG)

Geographies of Justice Research Group (GJRG)

Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG)

Geography of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG)


Higher Education Research Group (HERG)

Historical Geography Research Group (HGRG)

History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG)


Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG)

Planning and Environmental Research Group (PERG)

Political Geography Research Group (PolGRG)

Population Geography Research Group (PopGRG)

Postgraduate Forum (PGF)


Quantitative Methods Research Group (QMRG)


Race, Culture and Equality Working Group (RACE)

Rural Geography Research Group (RGRG)


Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG)

Space Sexualities and Queer Research Group (SSQRG)


Transport Geography Research Group (TGRG)


Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG)


Former Research/Working Groups

Contract Research and Teaching Forum

Mountain Research Group (MRG)

Post Socialist Geographies Research Group (PSGRG)

Geographies of Religion Spirituality and Faith Working Group (GRSFWG)

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