PGF@Home Twitter Conference

We’re excited to announce that the Postgraduate Forum Twitter Conference will take place online from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 August.

Digital Geographies Research Group online symposium

Our Digital Geographies Research Group (DGRG) are holding their annual symposium on Wednesday 1 July, on Using the Digital: Methodologies, Teaching, and Everyday Practice. 

AC2022 to be held in Newcastle

We’re excited to announce that our 2022 Annual International Conference will be held at Newcastle University between Tuesday 30 August and Friday 2 September 2022.

PGF@Home: publishing in geography

A series of blog posts on academic publishing for early career researchers, or those taking the first steps in their publishing careers are now live on the Post Graduate Forum (PGF) website.

Annual dissertation prizes open for submissions

The annual dissertation prizes offered by the Society, our Research Groups, the Quaternary Research Association and the British Society for Geomorphology are now open for submissions.

Geographers essential to the workforce of the future

Graduates in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) are as employable as graduates of STEM subjects, according to a new report from the British Academy.

Sustained employment for postgraduate geographers

New data released by the Department for Education show that over 81% of master’s level geography graduates were in sustained employment, further study, or both, five years after graduation.

Meet the journal editors: Area

We caught up with two of the co-editors, Professor Hilary Geoghegan and Dr Julian Leyland, for our journal Area.

Dr Menusha De Silva receives Area prize

Dr Menusha De Silva (University of Singapore, Singapore) has received this year’s Area prize.

Supporting our Research Groups

Due to the current uncertain circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic, many of our Research Groups are rethinking their planned activities for the year.

2020 medal and award recipients announced

This year our medals and awards recognise 22 different people or organisations for their outstanding contributions to geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, artwork, and public engagement.

Geography Directions calls for contributions on COVID-19

Geography Directions, the Society’s blog linked to our scholarly journals, is calling for contributions that bring a geographical lens to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as well as pieces that consider the future, and the world, after the pandemic.

New Society Working Group approved

We are delighted to announce a new Working Group: the Latin American Geographies Working Group (LAGWG).

Briefing report: Financing net zero

Following on from a discussion forum that explored the challenge of financing net zero, the Society has published a briefing report summarising the actions required to meet the scale and pace of change needed to reach a net zero economy.

Elections for Postgraduate Forum committee 2020-21

We are pleased to announce that nominations for positions on the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Committee 2020-2021 are now open.

PGF@Home launched

The Society, the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum (PGF), and the PGF Midterm Organisation Committee are working together to explore how we can provide digital spaces on the PGF website that give postgraduates the opportunity to engage with other researchers both within and across the discipline.

Meet the journal editors: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

We caught up with three of the editors for our journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Master’s degree accreditation to launch in autumn

The Society is expanding its university programme accreditation scheme this autumn to include UK geography Master’s programmes.

The Society’s accreditation programme and COVID-19

A statement from the Society on our position in relation to our accreditation programme during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

AC2020 postponed until 2021

We are disappointed to announce that the 2020 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference will be postponed until 2021.

Open access deal for UK researchers in the Society’s journals

Last month, Jisc, the UK’s research and education not-for-profit organisation, and publisher Wiley signed a four year ‘read and publish’ agreement that extends to many UK universities and research institutions.

Editorial appointments for our journals

We are pleased to announce some new editorial appointments for our journals.

Geographers elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

Congratulations to the six geographers who were elected as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences last week.

Geography graduate earnings remain strong

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has concluded that university study is a good investment for most students, with those pursuing higher education better off after taxes, student loan repayments and foregone earnings are accounted for.

The Society's journals and COVID-19

A statement from the Society on continuing to publish our scholarly journals while supporting everyone involved during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Geographers unique insights showcased in our Geovisualisation series

Geovisualisations is a new series of images and articles that explore the power of maps and geographical data visualisations for telling stories about our world.

Explore the latest research with our journals

The Society’s four leading international journals, Area, Geo: Geography and Environment, The Geographical Journal and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, cover the full spectrum of geographical research. And as the latest issues go to print, here is a preview of some of their content.

Apply now for new PhD on our Collections

Applications are now open for a PhD studentship on the Society’s Collections, as part of our Collaborative Doctoral Awards programme.

Statement on industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU)

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) statement on industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU).

New Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has published a new edition of the Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography.

Book series celebrates 20 years

The RGS-IBG book series turns 20 this year, and to date it has published 57 titles spanning the full range of geographical research topics.

Geographies of anticolonialism out now

The latest addition to the RGS-IBG book series, Geographies of anticolonialism: political networks across and beyond south India, c.1900-1930, is now available to order online.

Geography and Education Research Group launches

To celebrate the Higher Education Research Group becoming the Geography and Education Research Group (GeogEd), a conference is being held at the University of the West of England in mid-December.

Research Group grants awarded

Every year we support the Society’s 31 Research and Working Groups through the Research Groups grants scheme, and we are delighted to be supporting a range of activities over the coming year.

AC2020: call for sessions, papers and posters

Our next Annual International Conference will be held at the Society in London from Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September 2020, and the call for sessions, papers and posters is now open.

Call for papers for the Postgraduate Forum Midterm Conference 2020

The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum’s 2020 Midterm Conference takes place between 30 April – 1 May and the call for papers is now open.

New journal editors appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of five new Editors for two of the Society’s academic journals and the RGS-IBG book series, alongside the appointment of a new Managing Editor for the Society’s academic publications.

New PhD student begins project on Halley Bay

We are delighted to welcome our newest Collaborative Doctoral Award student, Alice Oates, who has started her PhD project exploring the governance of Antarctica.

Geopolitics and the event

The latest addition to the RGS-IBG book series, Geopolitics and the event: rethinking Britain’s Iraq war through art, is now available to order online.

AC2019: Friday's research highlights

The final day of our Annual International Conference in London concluded on Friday.

AC2019: Thursday’s research highlights

Research on soil ecology, fertility apps and climate change influencers was presented at our conference yesterday.

AC2019: Wednesday’s research highlights

Yesterday we welcomed close to 2,000 delegates from across the world to the first day of this year's Annual International Conference.

New higher education resources

We have launched a new bank of online resources to support those engaged in geographical teaching and learning in higher education.

Latest journal issues available

The latest issues of the Society’s journals are now available online.

Sustainability at AC2019

This year we are making a concerted effort to raise awareness around the sustainability of our Annual International Conference.

Geography excels in student survey

The results of the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS) paint a positive picture of geography student experiences across the UK.

US military’s carbon footprint larger than most countries

New research published in our journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, has revealed that the US military is one of the largest climate polluters in history, producing more greenhouse gas emissions than most medium-sized countries.

New funding for research on our Collections

We are delighted to have received funding for the third round of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme.

Forest School activities develop skills valued by employers

New research, published today in our journal, The Geographical Journal, reveals that children enjoy Forest School activities but can struggle to frame the skills and knowledge they develop in these more informal settings as educational.

Homeless families housed in ‘temporary’ hotels for up to three years

New research, published today in our journal The Geographical Journal, reveals the daily disruption homeless families living in temporary hotel accommodation experience.

Our journals have new compostable packaging

Our academic journals are now being delivered to subscribers in 100% compostable packaging.

AC2019: Early bird registration closes soon

The deadline for early bird registration for this year’s Annual International Conference is fast approaching.

Could you be one of our new editors?

New co-editors are being sought for the Society’s book series and two of our academic journals, Area and The Geographical Journal.

AC2019: provisional programme live

The provisional programme for this year’s Annual International Conference is now live.

Latest journal issues available

The latest issues of the Society’s academic journals are now available online.

Dissertation prizes open for submissions

This year's Research Group dissertation awards and prizes are now open.

New co-editor for Area appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Julian Leyland as a new co-editor for our academic journal Area.

New Research Group Representatives elected

We are delighted to announce the recent election of two new Research Group Representatives to the Society’s Research and Higher Education (RHE) Committee.

Congratulations to Dr Peter Martin

Congratulations to Dr Peter Martin who has successfully completed his PhD research as part of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

New editorial board members appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new editorial board members for the Society’s book series.

Migrants on the margins team present at Parliament

Two members of the Society’s field research programme, Migrants on the margins, presented at the Mobilising Global Voices 2019 conference held at the Houses of Parliament earlier this month.

On Shifting Foundations

On Shifting Foundations: state rescaling, policy experimentation and path-dependency in post-1949 China, by Dr Kean Fan Lim, is the newest addition to the RGS-IBG book series.

Geographers appointed as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Society congratulates the nine geographers elected this week as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Workshop explores implications of Brexit

Brexit! The Urban and Regional Implications is a free workshop which will discuss the potential economic consequences of Brexit for both regions and cities across the UK.

Latest research published in the Society’s journals: March 2019

The latest issues of the Society’s scholarly journals are now available online.

New journal editors appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of four new co-editors for two of the Society’s academic journals.

Tourists putting themselves at risk to witness volcanic eruptions

New research published in our journal Geo: Geography and Environment, reveals the dangers and lengths that thrill-seeking tourists are willing to go to in order to witness live volcanic eruptions.

Geography graduate earnings in the spotlight

A recent report, published by the Department for Education and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, provides new insights into what geography students are likely to earn after leaving university.

Society responds to consultations

Over the last few months the Society has responded to calls for evidence for a range of consultations, including from the Geospatial Commission and the UK’s four higher education funding bodies.

AC2019: call for sessions, papers and posters

The call for sessions, papers and posters at the Society's 2019 annual conference is now open.

Society grant supports research into role of Arctic rivers in climate change

This year’s Gilchrist Fieldwork Award recipient is Dr Melissa Murphy from University College London who, in partnership with Dr Emily Stevenson from the University of Cambridge, is researching whether high Arctic rivers are a source of a sink for carbon dioxide.

Dr Arwyn Edwards reveals the highlights of his fieldwork in Svalbard

Our £10,000 Walters Kundert Fellowship enabled Dr Arwyn Edwards to make multiple trips to Svalbard to ask the question: are microbes active in Arctic winters?

Working together to #ChooseGeography

The Society recently held a workshop with representatives from 35 universities, to explore how geography can be better promoted within schools, and how applications at degree level can be encouraged.

Area celebrates 50 years

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Society’s academic journal Area.

Read our journals online from January

From 1 January 2019, Fellows will be able to opt for digital access to all of our academic journals.

Need help with your university application?

UCAS is now open for applications for courses starting in 2019, but with over 80 UK universities offering more than 1,400 geography-related courses it can seem a little daunting knowing where to start and how to choose.

Migrants on the margins: a week of comics and workshops

Last week the Society held the first of two exhibitions taking place this autumn that present initial findings from our field research programme, Migrants on the margins.

Call for new journal editors

New co-editors are being sought for three of the Society’s journals: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Area, and Geo: Geography and Environment.

Migrants on the margins: SOAS scholarship awarded

As part of the Migrants on the margins field research project, SOAS University of London in collaboration with the Society have awarded a scholarship to Masters student Nouradin Nour.

Today’s conference highlights: 31 August 2018

The final day of our Annual International Conference in Cardiff has arrived. We’ve put together some of our highlights from the programme today.

Today’s conference highlights: 30 August 2018

Today research on why the commute should be counted as part of the working day is being presented at our Annual International Conference being held in Cardiff this week.

Today’s conference highlights: 29 August 2018

Here are some of our highlights for new research being presented during today’s conference programme.

Society journal editor to give keynote at conference in China

Professor Adrian Bailey is presenting a keynote lecture at the Geographical Society of China’s annual conference in Xi'an on 29 and 30 August.

Geography courses praised by students

The results of the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS), published this month, paint a positive picture of undergraduate geography courses across the UK.

Research group releases new book on energy issues

Members of the Society’s Energy Geographies Research Group, have published Energy and Society: a Critical Perspective.

REF consultation open for comment

An important consultation on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 2021 is now open for comment and the Society would value your input to help inform our response.

New publications hub launched

The Society, in partnership with Wiley, have developed and launched a new hub for our academic publications.

Why it pays to choose geography

If you want to better understand our world, a rewarding job that pays well and to help shape the future, then look no further. Report after report tells the same story: choose geography.

Grants programme provides support for over 60 field projects

The Society has supported 61 field research projects through its grants programme this year. Almost £200,000 of funding has been awarded to nearly 100 individuals from a range of institutions, and they have travelled to over 45 countries in order to carry out their research.

Global Asian City

Global Asian City, the latest title in the RGS-IBG book series, examines how migration has changed Seoul and South Korea over the last 20 years.

Migrants on the margins: research team planning next steps

The Migrants on the margins team were planning next steps for the Society’s Field Research Programme earlier this week by holding a writing workshop at the Society.

Cryptic Concrete

The latest title in the RGS-IBG book series, Cryptic Concrete, takes us on a subterranean journey into Cold War West Germany.

Newly accredited courses announced

Congratulations to the latest nine geography degree programmes to be accredited and approved by the Society’s Council.

Research Group dissertation prize deadlines coming soon

The deadlines for our Research Groups' dissertation prizes are coming up soon.

New RGS-IBG book explores geographies of the heart

A book exploring the lives of British migrants in Dubai through their personal relationships has been published in the Society’s book series.

New journal issues published

The latest issues of the Society’s journals are now available online.

First Rob Potter Award goes to disaster recovery policy project

The Society's first Rob Potter Award has been awarded to Dr Gemma Sou from the University of Manchester.

Migrants on the margins: researchers present initial findings

A team of researchers from the Society’s Migrants on the margins field research project presented two academic papers at the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference.

Joint statement on the implementation of GDPR in UK universities

The Association for Social Anthropologists (ASA), British Sociological Association (BSA), European Sociological Association (ESA) and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have today issued a joint statement on the implementation of new data protection legislation in UK academic institutions.

RGS-IBG statement on University and College Union (UCU) strike action

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is aware that many academic geographers, as UCU members in universities that participate in USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme), are taking strike action over proposed changes to their pension scheme.

Rob Potter Award

The Society is delighted to announce a new grant for post-doctoral development research.

Research Group grants awarded

The Society is delighted to support a number of Research and Working Group activities over the coming year.

New RGS-IBG Book Series title, ‘Work-life advantage’ by Dr Al James

Dr Al James’ new RGS-IBG book finds that the provision of working arrangements that meaningfully improve the work-life balance of employees also enhances firms’ competitive advantage.

UK physical geography in excellent health

An international review of physical geography in the UK has declared the discipline’s health and global influence to be excellent.