New GCYFRG Committee Members

At the AGM 2017 new committee members were elected and we welcome Helena Pimlott-Wilson (Treasurer), Catherine Walker (Secretary), Rachel Searcey (Postgraduate Representative), Amy Mulvenna (Postgraduate Representative), and Mark Holton (Social Media Officer) as new members of our committee for the next years.

Special thanks for their service to the GCYFRG Committee, as they came to the end of their terms goes to Matej Blazek (Treasurer), Rebecca Collins (Secretary), John Barker (Ordinary Committee Member), Kalia Kaparounaki and Naomi Maynard (Postgraduate Reps.).  A huge thank you from all at GCYFRG for your contributions over the years!

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GCYFRG Committee Vacancies – AGM 2017

After years of dedicated service to the GCYFRG committee (across a number of different roles), Rebecca Collins and Matej Blazek are both stepping down this summer after their current terms as Secretary and Treasurer (respectively) end.  A huge thank you from all at GCYFRG for your contributions over the years!

Ahead of our AGM at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (Wednesday 30 August, 13.20-14.20), we now have an open invitation for the election of these two named committee roles.  Continue reading

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Dr Sarah Mills is the 2017 recipient of the Gill Memorial Award

A bit late (and apologise for that), we congratulate Dr Sarah Mills, Chair of the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group, to receive the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Gill Memorial Award, which has  been given to her in recognition for her ‘outstanding early career research in cultural geography’.

The prestigious Medals and Awards of the Society recognise excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement since 1832. They are presented annually and Dr Sarah Mills has been presented with this award at the Medals and Awards celebration on June the 5th this year.

 

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Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG) – Dissertation Prize 2017

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). Continue reading

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RGS-IBG / GCYFRG One-day Workshop: Educating under- and post-graduate geographers for/about/using the geographies of children and youth

 

Unfortunately, our planned GCYFRG teaching workshop at the RGS-IBG in April has been postponed.  The event will be re-scheduled for early 2018 and we will announce more details in the near future.  We hope to see you there!

 

Date: TBD in 2018

Venue: TBD

Abstract: It is almost twenty years since the Journal of Geography in Higher Education’s published Hugh Matthews’, The geography of children: some ethical and methodological considerations for project and dissertation work (Matthews, 1998), soon followed by his co-authored paper with Faith Tucker on Consulting Children (Matthews and Tucker, 2000). Viewed in context, these papers were part of an emergent field of geographical study, which together with the impetus provided by the breadth of geographical research in the ESRC’s 5-16 programme and the emergence, initially as a Working Group, of the RGS-IBG’s Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group, laid the foundations of what has flourished into an established sub-discipline of geography in the UK and beyond. Although the approaches, positions and research priorities of this sub-field have been challenged in recent years, as might be expected for a maturing field (e.g. Robson et al., 2013; Holloway, 2014), what is less clear is an understanding of the ways, and extent, to which the geographies of children and youth are embedded in the education of students of geography in higher education. Continue reading

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CfP for GCYFRG sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017

The Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference will take place from Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September 2017 in London

Conference Theme: ‘Decolonizing geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world’. For more information please visit http://www.rgs.org/AC2017Theme

The Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG) is pleased to announce the following call for papers of the research group’s sponsored sessions.

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Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG) – Dissertation Prize 2016

The Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group are delighted to announce the winners of our 2016 RGS/IBG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize.  The group were overwhelmed by the quality of submissions, addressing a diversity of issues related to the geographies of young people, across minority and majority world contexts. We thank all of those who submitted an entry and congratulate the two winners. Continue reading

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