Relevant forthcoming conferences/seminars

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!

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

Date: TBD in early 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.

This workshop invites contributions, which explore the extent to which, and ways in which, undergraduate geography students:

  • Engage with the lives of children and youth through their studies (about children and youth);
  • Apply their geographical learning to improve the lives of children and youth (for children and youth); and
  • Utilise understanding of the lives of children and youth to enhance their geographical understanding (using children and youth).

We are keen to discuss key issues and to share examples of good practice in the teaching of children’s geographies. To that end, we are keen to include presentations and demonstrations. Papers might be focused squarely on enriching the quality of the teaching of children’s geographies or drawing upon children’s geographies in the teaching of other sub-disciplines (e.g. children in population geography) or drawing upon children’s geographies in the learning of geographical method, theory and philosophy.

The GCYFRG (in conjunction with the HERG) began to explore these issues at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in 2016, where it was agreed that these were matters that were deserving of a full day’s attention.

We intend to utilise video conferencing to facilitate the participation of those beyond the UK. Please contact the Convenor to discuss.

Holloway, S. L. (2014). Changing children’s geographies. Children’s Geographies12(4), 377-392.

Matthews, H. (1998). The geography of children: Some ethical and methodological considerations for project and dissertation work. Journal of Geography in Higher education22(3), 311-324.

Matthews, H., & Tucker, F. (2000). Consulting children. Journal of Geography in Higher Education24(2), 299-310.

Robson, E., Horton, J., & Kraftl, P. (2013). Children’s Geographies: reflecting on our first ten years. Children’s Geographies11(1), 1-6.

John H. McKendrick (Glasgow Caledonian University, Education Officer, GCYFRG) –

Instructions for Prospective Presenters:
Feel free to contact John to discuss. Abstracts (up to 250 words) can be e-mailed to

Deadline for Abstracts: TBD

Registration Fee: £15

Call for Papers: Nordic Geographers Meeting (NGM2017)

There are three call for papers for the Nordic Geographers Meeting (please see below for more details).

The Nordic Geographers Meeting (NGM) is an international geography conference organized every second year. The 7th Meeting will be in Stockholm, Sweden, June 18th–21st 2017. The conference theme is “Geographies of inequalities”.

‘Youth and inequality: perceptions, experiences and aspirations’
Prof Katherine Gough, Department of Geography, Loughborough University, UK
Dr Thilde Langevang, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Rising unemployment and sluggish economic growth are widely predicted to further widen income and wealth inequality worldwide. Young people in particular are being disproportionately affected with the OECD claiming that youth have replaced the elderly as the group experiencing the greatest risk of income poverty. This has widespread implications for the opportunities and constraints young people face as well as impacting on their aspirations for the future.

This session will bring together papers which explore how young people’s lives and aspirations are being influenced by the inequality they experience and imagine both in situ and in far-away places. Papers are welcome from societies across the globe where young people are being affected by real or perceived high levels of inequality. Topics which may be explored in the session include, but are not restricted to, the implications of rising inequality at a range of scales for young people’ perceptions, experiences and aspirations of:

·         Mobility and immobility
·         Education and skills training
·         Work experiences and job prospects
·         Housing and home

Please submit proposed paper abstracts to Prof Katherine Gough by 15.12.16. Abstracts should have a maximum length of 250 words, in plain text, and be saved in Word format.
Please adhere to the following format:
Name of the session
Title of the paper (lowercase letters)
Author’s name and e-mail
Author’s institutional affiliation
Body of the paper abstract

In accordance with the conference organisers’ instructions, the selection of papers will be made by the session conveners. Paper authors will be notified by 15 January and accepted abstracts will then be published on the conference webpage.


‘Inequalities and the geographies of children and young people: new approaches and debates’
Nordic Geographers Meeting – Stockholm, Sweden – 18th – 21st June 2017
Session organisers:

Dr Sarah Mills, Loughborough University, UK (
Professor Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham, UK (
Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill, University of Birmingham, UK (

This session seeks to explore geographical approaches and debates on ‘inequalities’ in the context of research on children and young people’s lives. It aims to encourage both a re-visitation of older approaches to the study of inequality (and related terms – poverty, injustice, marginalisation, discrimination, exclusion), as well as hosting discussions around new theoretical languages to examine inequality in relation to the geographies of children and young people.

The session will encourage debate around a series of key questions. How has the study of inequality been approached, enriched or challenged by a consideration of children and young people’s lives? How might geographers (re)theorise inequalities and what can be garnered from older and newer approaches? What are the key contemporary challenges for those working on inequality (and related debates) in children’s geographies? What can a focus on the (unequal) lives of children and young people contribute to broader scholarship on the ‘geographies of inequalities’ across the wider discipline?

This session aims to host papers that engage with any of these provocative starting points and related debates through either a theoretical, empirical, or methodological/ethical focus. Papers may attend to any issues surrounding inequalities and the geographies of children and young people; however, the organisers particular encourage papers on the following themes:

  • socio-spatial inequalities
  • educational inequalities
  • the interplay between emotions and inequalities
  • participation, citizenship and in/equalities
  • in/equalities across human-nonhuman ‘boundaries’.

Please submit abstracts to all three of the session organisers (,, by 15th December 2016.

‘Young People’s Counter-Politics in Urban Space’
Nordic Geographers Meeting – Stockholm, Sweden – 18th – 21st June 2017
Session Organisers:
Associate Professor: Tracey Skelton, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore;
Professor Sirpa Tani, Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki;
Dr. Noora Pyyry Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki

In this paper session, we approach young people’s everyday lives in urban space with a focus on their participation in matters of equality/inequality. How do young people challenge, negotiate and engage with questions of inequality? How do they respond to discriminatory or restrictive policies and practices? What are their everyday political understandings of inequality? How do young people perceive inequality – some may concur with its practice, others dispute its inevitability?

We are interested in hearing about young people’s counter-politics in urban space. This includes young people’s social-material practices and emotional/affectual geographies, but also their involvement with inequality debates in the city. What role does social media play in these practices and urban youth-based initiatives? How does what they do affect and change the city? We want to hear about everyday political practices that are spatial-embodied, playful and often more-than-representational.

This session will generate discussion on how young people’s participation carves space for alternative forms of expression and how this relates to making more inclusive cities that allow for diversity, unplanned encounters and surprises.

We welcome papers that address the following themes:

  • young people’s political agency in urban space
  • multiculturalism and how it is lived
  • processes of migration and mobilities
  • young people’s approaches to difference and inequality in the city
  • feminist geographies dealing with inequalities

Abstracts of 200 to 250 words should be submitted which include: title, name and affiliation of the presenters and their email addresses. Please send to these two co-organisers for submission by December 9th 2016  (note this is earlier than the generic information for the whole conference)

Associate Professor: Tracey Skelton, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore Email:
Professor Sirpa Tani, Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki Email:


‘Austerities, economic crises and neoliberalisms: experiences of children, young people and families’

John Horton (University of Northampton, UK),
Helena Pimlott-Wilson (Loughborough University, UK),
Sarah Marie Hall (University of Manchester, UK)

Call for papers:
This paper session will explore ways in which diverse, challenging geographies of ‘austerity’, ‘economic crisis’ and ‘neoliberalism’ have affected the lives of children, young people and families in international contexts over the last decade. There is mounting evidence that these social, political and economic contexts are substantially transforming contemporary geographies of childhood, youth and family and constituting new or intensified forms of inequality. In this context, the session will bring together new empirical and conceptual papers in three thematic areas.

First, we invite submissions of research papers – including qualitative, quantitative and multi-methods projects – evidencing experiences of children, young people and families in diverse contexts of austerity, economic crisis and neoliberalism. The session will explore the geographically-differentiated, regionally-distinctive and personally-provoking nature of these experiences, via case studies from different states, regions, localities, cities and communities. We particularly seek papers which consider intersections between local/family geographies of austerity, economic crisis and neoliberalism and wider spatial/social inequalities (e.g. around age, gender, ethnicity, disability, social class) or contemporary geographical issues (e.g. mobilities, migrations, debt, finance, use of public space).

Second, we invite papers which provide new conceptual and methodological reflections relating to the session themes. We particularly seek papers which critically consider discourses of ‘austerity’, ‘economic crisis’ and ‘neoliberalism’ in relation to contemporary ideas of ‘childhood’, ‘youth’ and ‘family’, or which showcase new, interdisciplinary methodological tools for exploring and analysing new geographies and inequalities in this context.

Third, the session we invite papers exploring the involvement of children, young people and families in practices which contest, or offer alternatives to, geographies of ‘austerity’, ‘economic crisis’ and ‘neoliberalism’.

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) by December 10th 2016 to:
John Horton (
Helena Pimlott-Wilson ( and
Sarah Marie Hall (


Past Events:

Geography Matters: Celebrating Doreen Massey’s ideas

Throughout her life, Doreen Massey was deeply committed to geography. In her hands, geography was more than an academic endeavour. She saw it as a way of creating new ways to understand, and to do, politics. Organised by the Open University, ‘Geography Matters: celebrating Doreen Massey’s ideas’ is an event designed to look back over Doreen’s contribution to geographical thinking as well as looking forward to the ways in which her ideas remain vital for thinking about politics today.

Saturday, 8 October 2016, 17:00 to 20:30 (BST), at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London

17.00 – 19.00 Plenary
Chair: Parvati Raghuram

·         John Allen
·         Hilary Wainwright
·         Ray Hudson
·         Maureen Mackintosh
·         Victoria Lawson
19.00 – 20.30 Reception

Free event: tickets are available here.



University of Birmingham, 14th – 15th September 2016

This international two day conference will bring together academics working with children and youth to address key themes of Habitat III; a forum for debate, critical reflection and interdisciplinary discussion.Young people and the ‘New Urban Agenda’ at the University of Birmingham will set the research agenda for young lives in urban contexts.

On 17th – 20th October, 2016, in Quito, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, Habitat III will take place setting plans in motion for ‘A New Urban Agenda’ for the 21stCentury. Taking Habitat III’s key urban themes of i) mobility; ii) planning and design, iii) water and sanitation and iv) energy, the Young people and the ‘New Urban Agenda’ conference at the University of Birmingham will bring together researchers working in these fields, globally, to set the research agenda foryoung lives in urban contexts within the framework of Habitat III.

Keynote Speakers:
Douglas Ragan: Chief Youth and Livelihood Unit, UN-Habitat

Registration closes 29th July

For further information:


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