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Editors fulfil a vital and valuable role in enabling the Society to publish some of the best international scholarship through its five journals (Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, The Geographical Journal, Area, WIREs Climate Change, Geo: Geography and the Environment) and through the RGS-IBG Book Series.

Professor Keith Richards of the University of Cambridge has been named as Editor of The Geographical Journal, which has been published since 1831. He takes over from Professor Klaus Dodds.

Professor Peter Kraftl (University of Leicester) and Dr Kavita Datta (Queen Mary University of London) replace Professor Kevin Ward in editing Area, a journal for innovative themes and new ideas. They will work alongside Dr Paul Wood, Area’s Physical and Environment Editor.

Dr David Featherstone (University of Glasgow) has been named as Human Geography Editor of the Society’s book series, replacing Professor Neil Coe (National University of Singapore). Launched in 2000, the book series seeks to promote scholarly publications that leave an intellectual mark and change the way readers think about particular issues, methods or theories.

Dr Catherine Souch, the Society’s Head of Research and Higher Education, says: “We are really excited by the new Editors’ ideas and look forward to working with them to bring these to fruition. Klaus, Kevin and Neil leave the Society’s publications in excellent health and we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank them for their outstanding stewardship.”



Notes to editors:

1. For further media enquires please contact RGS-IBG Communications and Media Officer, Ben Parfitt, on 020 7519 3019 or

2. The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography. Formed in 1830, our Royal Charter of 1859 is for 'the advancement of geographical science'. Today, we deliver this objective through developing, supporting and promoting geographical research, expeditions and fieldwork, education, public engagement, and geography input to policy. We aim to foster an understanding and informed enjoyment of our world. We hold the world's largest private geographical collection and provide public access to it. We have a thriving Fellowship and membership and offer the professional accreditation 'Chartered Geographer’. More details from

3. The Society publishes the best international scholarship in geography through Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, The Geographical Journal, Area, WIREs Climate Change, Geo: Geography and the Environment and the RGS-IBG Book Series.