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History of the Research, Working and Study Groups

Many of the Society's Research and Working Groups have their origins in the Study Groups of the Institute of British Geographers (IBG), which merged with the Royal Geographical Society in 1995 to form the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), or RGS-IBG, as it is known today.

Their primary remit is to support and promote their particular area of geography.  They support the discipline across academic research, but also extending into education, public policy and research, government and enterprise. Prior to the merger, the Study Groups reported on their activities in Area, which was the newsletter of the IBG. These reports now form an important part of the history of the Research, Working and Study Groups, and shed light on the changing nature of academic geography in the United Kingdom over the past forty years and more.

Research Groups which have historical reports in Area are listed below - groups that were founded in recent years will not have these reports. Click on a link from the list below to open a PDF file. A full list of Research Groups, and links to more recent reports of group activities may be found here.

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