Rural Geography Research Group
The Rural Geography Research Group (RGRG) exists to encourage and promote theoretical and policy-related research in rural geography and rural studies through the continued interrogation, exploration and analysis of rurality as a shifting and dynamic category of social science investigation.
The Group currently has members drawn from academia, policy makers and others interested in the development of rural geography.
- Regular and varied sessions held at the Society's annual conference and at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference
- A large and very active group of younger researchers and postgraduates who come together for the Young Rural Researchers' Forum at the Annual Conference. We also run a dedicated Postgraduate Conference every two years
- Regular joint meetings held in the UK and abroad with counterpart bodies in France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, the U.S.A. and Canada
- The production of two newsletters a year, in March and November, which contain full details of our activities and other events of interest to people with an involvement in rural geography
- Annual prizes for the best Masters and Undergraduate dissertations in a subject area related to Rural Geography
- Close links with other groups interested in rural issues such as the Rural Economy and Society Study Group and the International Rural Sociological Association
Read more about news and activities at the RGRG website.
2011 RGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize winners
First: Samuel Slatcher, Durham University, 'Aspirations’ as development’s missing link? An illustrative study among young people in rural South Africa (£50)
Second: Katherine Keogan, University College London, Affordable housing and fragile communities: lessons from a proposed development in an English coastal village (£40)
Third (equal): Hannah Stocks, University of Leeds, Second homes. Investigating local perceptions and impacts on communities in Cornwall (£30)
Third (equal): Katharine Ford, University of Nottingham, A common cause? The making and remaking of a cultural landscape in Frisby on the Wreake, Leicestershire (£30)