Year 12 students can apply to the 2021 competition, with the theme: The Coloniality of Cities and the Built Environment
Journalists reported on an 85-year old building being moved by structural engineers
Why do people move? Our educational video resources explore case studies based on the Society's Field Research Programme.
School Member Lecture, 29 September 2020
Showing community representation during the pandemic
This Netflix film looks at geopolitics, superpower geography, the ‘rise of China’, globalisation and deindustrialisation
An in-depth look into the repercussions of the spread of COVID-19
Dr. Jung Won Sonn speaks to us
A narrated slideshow from Professor Loretta Lees
Nigeria has the 27th largest economy in the world and is a Newly Emerging Economy (NEE)
Daniel Morchain is a Global Advisor for climate change adaption at Oxfam.
This unit of work explores important demographic themes
In this podcast, Professor Andrew Tatem discusses quantifying population movements and data skills in geography.
Written by Professor Richard Harris, Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
Britain is facing a dramatic shift in its population age structure, caused by both a declining fertility rate and a rising life expectancy rate
How and why the world’s population will stabilise at nine to 10 billion, and the concepts of ‘developed’ and ‘undeveloped’
While for many years it has commonly been seen as the world’s most failed and dangerous state, Somalia is also a country with a strong drive for resurrection throughout the coming years.
Is enough said in the media and classrooms about the world’s worst on-going conflict?
Colouring London aims to collect information on every building in London, to help make the city more sustainable.
The coronavirus is an extreme form of the flu which attacks the respiratory system, making the young and the old particularly vulnerable
Can societies strike a balance between combating pandemics, while maintaining the hopes of eradicating established diseases
We will need 70% more food to be produced to cope with the massive expansion of urban living, the rise of the middle classes, climate change and resource scarcity
How maps of malaria help guide policymakers and illuminate debates surrounding the killer disease
Dr Ruth Evans, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Reading
Where one lives in the world can have a profound influence on the standard of one’s health and life expectancy
The purpose of this module is to explore some of the links between the disciplines of geography and science through three topical flashpoints: swine flu, earthquakes and climate change
This animation explores India and the Sustainable Development Goals. How might this dynamic country change by 2030?
By 2050, it is projected that 70% of the world's population will live in cities. 5.2 billion urban residents are expected in Asia and Africa. How is internal migration shaping these cities?
This module will take you on a journey through the way that London, a fascinating city, has been presented and represented over the years
The aim of this unit is to develop the essential qualities and skills of young geographers through geographical knowledge and geographical enquiry relating to the physical and human environments of The United Kingdom
People have had different ideas about how to best develop poor countries. This resource considers six of those approaches
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can help poor people improve their lives
An overview of the El Nino effect and its impacts upon development
Find out about the development challenge for poorer people living in Pakistan, Malawi and South Africa
Find out more about how natural disasters can have an impact on development
Urban public spaces are at their best when they are democratic, inclusive, and meet the needs of a wide range of people
The rise of the Irish diaspora.
Why do newspapers portray Britain’s teenagers as an endangered species?
Are you eating, sleeping, drinking and teaching the World Cup? How does our consumption of the global game impact us and others around the world?
Geography Professor Allan Brimicombe from the University of East London is leading an impact study on behalf of the London Organising Committee of LOCOG and the IOC
The UNICEF 2015 State of the World’s Children Report celebrates the new forms of appropriate technology that are being tried and tested in parts of world where children are most at risk from poverty and inequality.
Papaya: an exotic fruit. Grown in Jamaica. Eaten in the UK. However, all is not as it seems. How did that papaya come to your dinner table?
Geopolitics is defined as the relationship between power and the spaces of the world. At London 2012 there were 204 such spaces – the nations that competed
What are the geographical challenges facing the world’s newest nation?
Dr Allan Watson from Staffordshire University researches the economic geographies of the creative and media industries
Brazil's economy is thriving, yet real development can be more complex than economic growth
In a collaboration between the Nicaraguan government and Chinese industry, a new 300km canal is set to be dug linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Four years on from Hurricane Katrina, what is happening in New Orleans?
By 2050 1.2 million more people are expected to be put at risk of pluvial flooding due to climate change and urban population growth
Storm surges to threaten London and the South East?
This module explores how human activity can create or change places that can be considered to be "impossible"
The world is changing China and China is changing the world
The purpose of this module is to explore what is often referred to in the media as ‘New India'
This cross-curricular unit links geographical and historical study to enable students to research, understand and develop an affinity with the history of their local area
Written before the London 2012 Olympics, this resource looks at the developments in East London in the lead up to the Games
A cross-curricular unit linking Geography with Citizenship
This module focuses on the theme of migration, the permanent or semi-permanent change of a person's place of residence - or simply, the movement of people from one place to another
This is a cross-curricular module which introduces aspects of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) into the geographical study of places and processes in Europe
This module develops students' map skills through the contemporary topic of Music Festivals
This module, comprising of six lessons, or half a term’s work, will focus on Australia
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the huge variation in geography that exists within the complex continent of Africa
This module is about tourism in contemporary Thailand
The build up to the Olympics in 2012 hosted in London provides an excellent hook to engage Key Stage 3 students with many geographical themes on a range of scales
This unit of work focuses upon the interconnections and inter-relationships that link teenage consumers living in the UK with societies and environments overseas, where the goods they purchase are made
This module, comprising of six lessons, or half a term’s work, will focus on Brazil.
This module, comprising of six lessons takes a ‘zoom lens’ approach to studying the Mediterranean region within Europe
This module, comprising six lessons, or half a term’s work, will focus on the United States of America
This module, comprising six lessons, or half a term's work, focuses on the city of Hong Kong
Artisanal mining (ASM) is a controversial form of small scale mining undertaken by low income communities in the global South.
By 2050 it is expected that 70% of the world population will live in urban areas. Find out more about the areas these people will live in - megacities
This case study introduces the key geographical concepts related to the study of developing urban areas
Dense layers of smog have caused chaos in major cities across China including Beijing, Shanghai and Harbin.
Prompted by rapid population growth, the UK government ordered the first national census to take place in 1801. The UK census counts the total population and records its characteristics, such as age, gender, employment and health. A census has been carried out every 10 years since 1801, except during wartime in 1941
Cairo, the long standing capital city of Egypt is facing an uncertain future as the country’s primary city. Recent proposals have emerged of a whole new, as yet unnamed, capital city being built in the north of the country
Andhra Pradesh, India is set to get a new state capital; one which planners say will rival some of India’s most industrious and populous cities.
Introducing metacities, mega-regions, smart cities, instant cities, technoscapes and other new types of settlement growth
It has been announced that the small market town of Bicester is to be the next new garden city.
With economic opportunities gravitating towards urban centres, many rural areas have lost out.
How did Bird Flu reach Britain?
The global consumption of music.
In 2012, Docklands finally overtook the City district to become the highest-ranked employment zone for financial services in London
How are migration trends affecting UK population growth and how has the government responded?
The lives of migrants remains a topic of interest for many geographical researchers but few look closely at the new lives that are carved out by those who have been displaced by natural disasters
What is the link between youthful out-migration and Poland’s current pension crisis?
How is migration away from Poland impacting on its music scene and the nation’s economy?
Astana, the new capital in Kazakhstan, represents more than just a new start; for architects and planners it became a means of symbolising the country’s movement away from centralised Soviet control.
The Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000 at a United Nations summit. The targets were ambitious, but realistic, and all had a deadline of 2015
The Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000 at a United Nations summit. The targets were ambitious, but realistic, and all had a deadline of 2015
Around 200,000 Britons live in France. A considerable number of these live in rural areas and it is estimated that Britons own 3% of the French countryside (including vineyards, farms and forests)
In the spring of 2016 Tesco launched a line of meat and fresh produce under a series of farm names which replaced their Everyday Value 'basics' range. However the produce was found to come from manufacturers with no relation to the names on the packaging of the final product.
An overview of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Can a trip to the remote wilderness of Antarctica be sustainable? Why is Antarctica such a desirable holiday location and what risks do these ventures bring?
Thirty five million of China’s wealthiest people have stated that they would like to emigrate overseas in the near future and if and when they do, they are likely to bring with them substantial investment into local economies
Is the "north-south" divide intensifying and are local scale inequalities increasing?
The 2014 World Cup provides plenty of study opportunities for geographers of all ages
Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Geography, Durham University
Dr Alice Evans is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Cambridge and she researches inequality, cities, and social change
Professor Katie Willis, Royal Holloway, University of London talks to us about the progress of the Millennium Development goals
Professor Michael Collyer, a Reader in Geography at the University of Sussex talks to us about Migrants on the margins.
Danielle Smith is a Policy Officer at Oxfam. She talks to us about ‘Behind the Brands’
Dr Andrew Brooks is a Lecturer in Development Geography at King’s College London.
Dr Alison Hulme lectures in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Ben Page is a Reader in Human Geography and African Studies at University College London
Tristan Shearing works as a London Surveyor for Ordnance Survey (OS)
Dr Jane Dyson is a Research Associate at the University of Oxford
Dr Karen Tucker is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol
Shamel Azmeh is a Fellow at the Department of International Development at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a visiting fellow at Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, and an associate lecturer at Lancaster Environment Centre at the University of Lancaster
Thomas Birtchnell is a Lecturer of Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong, Australia
Dr Michaela Benson, Lecturer of Sociology, University of York
Seung-Ook Lee, PhD student at the geography department of Ohio State University
Anne Green, Professor in Geography, Warwick University
Ed Manley, PhD Student, University College London
Regan Koch, PhD Student
Ian Cook, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Exeter
Professor Allan Brimicombe, University of East London
Dr Peter Stiff
Professor Sue Grimmond, Geography Department, Kings College London
Dr Mary Gilmartin
Dr Oli Mould is lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. His academic research focuses on urban creativity, activism and politics.
Dr Suzanne Hall
We discuss young people’s experience of changing places with Dr Sophie Hadfield Hill and Professor Peter Kraftl.
Dr Phil Jones
Kenya has long been renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and its unique animal life
China is a country that is rarely out of the headlines, whether for its rapid industrial growth, its politics or more recently the advent of the Beijing Olympics
India has long sparked the imagination of many an explorer and adventurer, from the ancient temples and rolling heat soaked plains of the south to the chilling beauty of the Himalaya
The Sand Diggers of Mali: The impacts of a rapidly growing city
Dr Catherine Butler is a Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department at University of Exeter.
People, places and population change
Professor Mark Jayne
An overview of the geography of Russia
How can the UK adapt to manufacturing challenges in order to sustain economic growth and resilience?
Equalising education is not just about closing the education and skills gap between developed and developing countries but also about ensuring everyone has the right to a good education
Where do most people aspire to live?
Since 1990, over one billion people have joined a global middle class that earns at least $10 a day
In 2009 the 50/50 point was passed and, for the first time in history, more people live in urban than rural areas
Britain is the world’s fifth richest country, yet poverty in Britain is rising
With pressure on the UK’s ageing energy and transport infrastructures mounting, is it time to put projects of national importance ahead of local concerns?
Does the internet's rapid evolution and increasing role in daily life threaten to leave some sections of society behind?
Flood, drought and heat wave: these are the three major natural threats that threaten London
Migration is today, as it has always been, a hot topic of debate.
The UK has a projected housing shortfall of 3 million homes by 2020 and the crisis is one of supply meeting demand and where to put these new homes
London is highly successful as a city and is twenty nine percent more productive than the UK average
Despite comprising over three quarters of Russia land mass, Siberia is home to only forty million people, one of the lowest population densities of any region or country in the world
Afghanistan has a rich and complex history, a diverse cultural heritage, but has been and continues to be the centre of political, social and economic struggles
This theme explores the history of the Caribbean in the 1900s through images which illustrate everyday life
What images do you have of Brazil? Carnival, football and coffee? Did you know that Brazil is urban, that more than a dozen of its cities have more than a million residents
Who were the explorers who explored all parts of the world in the nineteenth century?
LondonMapper: exploring a world city through census data.
Urban studies are popular locations for fieldwork, since 70% of us live in built up areas
Written by Alan Parkinson
School Member Lecture, 22 September 2015.
School Member Lecture, 20 January 2016
School Member Lecture 21 September 2016
We asked a range of organisations and individuals to tell us how they think Britain is changing...
Ideas for tourism fieldwork
Ideas for urban fieldwork
Ideas for rural fieldwork
Ideas for using census data
This activity has been designed to be a stimulating and fun way of practicing map skills using the free OS maps for schools
This activity encourages students in Key Stage 3 to practice and develop their map skills using their free OS maps of the local area
School Member Lecture, 24 January 2018
What is gender equality and why is it so important to geography?
In 2015 over one million people crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in search of safety and a better life. Find out their stories.
This resource explores the human and physical geography of Oman.
Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles
School Member Lecture, 27 June 2019
When places change how do young people negotiate space to maintain their sense of home and belonging?
In this podcast, Terri Freemantle discusses how earth observation data helps us to understand locational change.
In this podcast, we hear from Professor Jason Dittmer about the role of comic books in national identity and superpowers.
In this podcast we're joined by Dr Steve Millington to discuss place-management.
In this podcast we look at the role of humour plays in political geography in Southern Africa.
In this podcast, we discuss how TV and Media have constructed representations of rural life in Britain.
In this podcast we're joined by Dr Pat Noxolo to discuss the ways in which Caribbean people deploy creative energy to live with the everyday effects of insecurity, poverty, inequality and violence
In this podcast we discuss migration, homliness, belonging and the methods that geographers use to explore these issues through qualitative data.
In this podcast we find out about 16 low-economy Puerto Richan families and how they recovered from a Hurricane.
In this podcast we discuss how migration, trade, and tourism has shaped the rural landscape in England and Wales.
An interactive resource about development and conflict
An interactive resource about Thailand
School Member Lecture 22 November 2019