The GCYFRG writing retreat – reflections from students who received bursaries

The first GCYFRG writing retreat took place in the beautiful Cotswolds from 8th-12thJuly 2019. Seventeen research group members attended, and over a five day period wrote on topics as diverse as militarisation, financial crisis, climate change, rights, alternative education, child friendly cities, leadership, material culture, grandparents and boundary work. Alongside our own writing, Dr. Sarah Marie Hall and Professor Peter Kraftl shared some of their own experiences of the writing process, focusing particularly on unconventional writing and structuring an argument. Four PhD students received funding from RGS-IBG to cover their accommodation and food at the retreat. Although at different stages in our careers, we were united by the difficulties of making time for writing amid busy academic schedules. As the reflections from four bursary-holders show, the retreat helped us all to immerse ourselves in our writing with the help of great company, a peaceful environment and, of course, lots of wonderful food to help us along the way. Continue reading

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Researcher in the Spotlight

We are happy to present our next researcher in the spotlight, Chris Willman.
Take a look at his interesting research about children’s rights, citizenship and work.

Chris Willman

PhD Researcher in
Development, Policy and Practice

The Open University

Twitter: @willmanesque


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AGM and invitation for the Election of Committee Roles

The AGM of the Geographies of Children, Youth & Families Research Group (GCYFRG) of the RGS-IBG will be at the Annual Conference in London on Friday 30 August, 13.10-14.25.  All are welcome!

People who only wish to attend the AGM meeting can do so without booking to attend the conference, and may request a visitor pass from the conference organisers by emailing All other attendance requires registration.

Ahead of our AGM, we now have an open invitation for the election of named committee roles as the current post holders complete their terms. Short role descriptions are below and if you are interested in any of these roles, please email,  and to chat informally.  Please note, for the position of Membership Secretary and Ordinary Committee Members, nominees must be Fellows of the RGS-IBG and further details are available on the website re: membership. Continue reading

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Researcher in The Spotlight 

We are happy to present our first researcher in the spotlight, Florence Halstead.
In the future we will use this space to present the research of those who contribute to our GCYFRG. Please continue reading if you are interested in what kind of research Florence does during her PhD at University of Hull.

  1. Florence Halstead

PhD Researcher in the Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull

Twitter: Halstead_F

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NOW OPEN: 2019 GCYFRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize  

Two prizes, part sponsored by Routledge, Taylor and Francis, are available for innovative and high quality undergraduate dissertations on any issue related to the geographies of children, youth and families
(first prize: £100 and a year’s subscription to Children’s Geographies; second prize: £50 and a year’s subscription to Children’s Geographies).

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