The Society’s Field Research Programme
Request for Fellows and members for ideas
We want to thank all Fellows and members who sent in their ideas and suggestions over the summer for the Society-led Field Research Programme. We received more than 55 separate ideas from across the breadth of the Society’s Fellowship and we are very pleased that the consultation was such that researchers, travellers and geography enthusiasts among our membership all felt able to contribute their thoughts.
We received many interesting suggestions. The Steering Group, co-chaired by Vice-Presidents Paul Rose and Michael Bradshaw, who have been charged by the Council to oversee the development and planning of the field project have looked at all the suggestions. Taking them together, a number of different approaches and themes emerged. These approaches ranged from UK-based projects, to detailed investigations of a particular region, to studies on a core issue across a number of locations regionally or globally. The themes that emerged were wide ranging too. They included many different topics on the themes of water resources, security and governance; urbanisation and the urban environment; biodiversity and conservation; sensitive and transitional environments; climate, climate change and its implications and much more.
Expert groups have been drawn together to consider these topics and themes in more detail. They will report to the Steering Group this summer and to Council in September.
The current time plan is that fundraising to support the project will start in 2014.
Implementation of the recommendations of the Research Programme Review