The Society’s 2016 Annual International Conference will be held at our headquarters in Kensington, London, from Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September. The theme of the conference is “Nexus thinking”.
A key event in the Society’s calendar, the Annual International Conference is the largest annual geography conference in Europe, with over 1,500 delegates from 60 countries taking part in more than 375 academic sessions. The programme for this year’s conference is now live.
Once every three years the conference takes place outside of London. In recent years, this has included Exeter in 2015, Edinburgh in 2012 and Manchester in 2009.
The Chair of Conference, Professor Peter Jackson (University of Sheffield) has chosen the theme of “Nexus thinking” for this year.
Nexus thinking is an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organisations.
The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains – an approach to which geographers might feel an inherent attraction. The 2016 Annual Conference offers an opportunity to take these ideas forward both in the specific context of research on water, energy and food security but also, more widely, by demonstrating the power of geographical thinking to work across disciplinary boundaries, to think relationally and to make connections across time and space. The conference encourages debate about these issues, including what nexus thinking might add to existing approaches and what its potential might be as a metaphor or method.
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