Postgraduate research in Geography: challenges and encounters in and beyond the field
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Postgraduate Forum are pleased to announce this year’s Mid-term Conference, entitled Postgraduate research in Geography: challenges and encounters in and beyond the field. The Conference will include a fantastic selection of papers, workshops and keynote speeches. The conference will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th April, 2022, 10am – 5pm.
It is an excellent opportunity for PhD students at an early stage in their research to present their work and meet others working in related fields. With a friendly and supportive environment, the Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference is a great way for delegates to get feedback on their work, network with others and practice their presentation skills.
Alongside paper sessions showcasing our postgraduate community’s own research and their experiences in and beyond the field, the conference will include a Keynote delivered by Olivia Mason (University of Glasgow), a Conferences workshop featuring Catherine Oliver (University of Cambridge), and an Academic publishing masterclass delivered by Sarah Hall (Editor, Geoforum) and Phil Emmerson (Journals Managing Editor, RGS-IBG). Full details about the conference is now available in this blog post.
The Postgraduate Forum’s AGM will be held as part of the conference on Thursday 28 April, at 12.00pm.
A programme of events, including further information on the paper presentations, keynotes and workshops is available to download from here.
The conference is free and you can register via the RGS at Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2022.
The aim of this year’s conference is to provide space for postgraduates to think more openly and collectively, in critical and reflexive ways, about the process and nuances of doing geographical research. Drawing on their individual or shared experiences, participants are encouraged to reflect upon the aspects of their postgraduate journey that have been most meaningful or impactful to them. Emphasis is placed on discussing the varied challenges encountered by postgraduates in and beyond the field—and responding positively to these.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- research design and data collection
- collaborative, creative, or innovative research methods and approaches
- reading and reviewing academic literature
- overseas fieldwork and international travel
- analysing data and “writing up”
- publications and peer review
- researching and networking with social media
- research ethics and the “impact” agenda
- mental health, wellbeing, and work/life balance
- conferences and “networking”
As in previous years, the conference seeks to take a snapshot of the exciting and topical research being undertaken by geography postgraduates on novel topics and in diverse contexts. The conference affords postgraduates in geography or cognate fields the opportunity to present their research in a friendly and constructive setting.
Our mid-term conference also marks that time of year where we hand over the baton to a new PGF committee and you can find out about joining the PGF committee on Thursday 28th April 2022 as part of the AGM at 12.00pm.
Abstract submissions are now closed.
If you have any questions about the conference please contact us by email or by direct message on twitter, @PGF_RGS–IGB. You can follow the conference and/or and tweet your experiences of the conference via #PGFMT2022.
Your PGF 2021-2022 committee