'Loading yaks'. Photograph by Andrew Irvine during the 1924 expedition to Mount Everest. © RGS-IBG
We are pleased to announce two recent changes to the Society’s Research and Working Groups – the creation of a new Animal Geography Working Group (AGWG) and a new name for the Geographies of Justice Research Group, now known as the Radical Geography Research Group.
The new AGWG seeks to create a community and space for geographers researching with, and for, animals across and beyond the discipline, bringing together human and physical geographers. The group will build on more than a century of work on animal geographies and has an exciting programme of activity planned over the next two years, beginning with soon-to-be-announced sessions at the Society’s Annual International Conference later this year.
As part of ongoing work to revitalise the Geographies of Justice Research Group, which included a successful hybrid seminar series on dialogues in radical geography, the group has been renamed the Radical Geography Research Group. Radical geography, as an approach to geographical research which seeks to understand social and spatial problems and advocate solutions, overlaps with the group’s focus on social and spatial justice with an empirical, impact-oriented agenda.
The new name is intended to communicate the group’s aims and goals with greater clarity, strengthen affiliation with an existing identity and community in geography, attract new members who will actively participate in the group, enhance ideas for events and activities, grow cross-disciplinary and international conversation and collaborations, and promote geography as a vibrant, connected, engaged and transformative discipline, focused on providing solutions to contemporary global challenges.
The creation of the AGWG brings the number of Society Research and Working Groups to 32. Each group brings together active researchers and those with a professional interest in a particular aspect of geography and related disciplines. Their primary remit is to support and promote their area of geography through support for academic research and teaching, but their work also extends into education, public policy and research, government and enterprise.
Society members can join the Radical Geography Research Group and AGWG, or any other groups, at no additional cost.
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