The Society has 31 Research and Working Groups, which bring 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.
Research Groups meet at the Annual Conference when they also hold their Annual General Meetings (AGMs). Among their other activities, the Research and Working Groups organise events; offer undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation prizes; and provide support and funding for postgraduates active in their area of the discipline. Joining a research group enables you to network with colleagues with similar research interests, keep up to date with the latest research in your specialised field, and receive information on conferences, workshops, and funding opportunities.
How to join a Research or Working Group
For RGS-IBG members, please inform the Society of which Research Groups you wish to join, using the form below. Your membership records will be updated and your contact details passed on to the relevant groups. Download, fill out, and return this form.
For non-RGS-IBG members, contact the Chair/Membership Officer of the Research Group you are interested in and request to become a member. Contact details can be found on the Research Group websites listed below.
Joining a Research Group is usually free for RGS-IBG Fellows and members, but some Groups make additional charges for specific services, such as distribution of newsletters.
Current RGS-IBG Research and Working Groups