Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG) Dissertation Prize 2022

Deadline: 15th July 2022

The RGS-IBG Participatory Geographies Research Group is pleased to offer an annual prize of £100 for an undergraduate dissertation that examines a social justice theme and/or involves a participatory methodology.

Reflective of the scale and type of research carried out at undergraduate level, we are eager to encourage and reward both excellent scholarship and innovation which includes any of the following:

  • Employs a participatory methodology
  • Engages with participatory research literature
  • Works with people, communities, or non-profit groups
  • Explores social justice, community activist, social enterprises, or NGOs/CSOs
  • Addresses issues of exclusion and marginalisation
  • Involves minority or vulnerable groups
  • Incorporates tangible outcomes for community groups/NGOs
  • Nominated dissertations should: be a strong theoretical and/or empirical piece of work; be submitted for formal assessment in the current academic year to a UK Higher Education Institution for a BA/BSc level geography degree programme; include a full set of references and images (as relevant); be written in English.

Call for Abstracts for session co-sponsored by RGRG and PyGyRG

Session Convenors: Eifiona Thomas Lane, Rebecca Jones ( both Prifysgol Bangor University) and Lois Mansfield (University of Cumbria) 

Please send your abstract with details of all contributors affiliations emails clearly noting the presenter to  before the 21st March. 

Escape to the Country: realities, challenges and opportunities for rural tourism and leisure ‘beyond recovery’ 


Drawing from a facilitated workshop of pooled global tourism and leisure research and practitioner experiences, this session will facilitate the sharing of lessons learnt and will explore future opportunities for shaping future responsible rural development towards ‘recovery’.…

CfP RGS-IBG 2022: Participatory methods for recovery and transformation

Sponsorship: Participatory Geographies Research Group (PYGYRG) (confirmed)

Format: hybrid (in-person and online), 2 slots (papers session with multiple 15 minute presentations + questions/discussant, followed by a participant-led roundtable discussion)

Convenors: Caitlin Hafferty (Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire) and Bruna Montuori (School of Architecture, Royal College of Art)

If you would like to take part in the papers presentation, please submit a title and abstract (up to 250 words) to Caitlin Hafferty (

CfP RGS-IBG 2022: Re-imagining participatory research: Towards the inclusion of marginalized knowledge(s) in a hybrid world

Sponsorship: Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (confirmed) & Participatory Geographies Research Group (confirmed)

Convenors: Susanne Börner, University of Birmingham & Universidade de Sao Paulo,; Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham,; Leandro Luiz Giatti, Universidade de Sao Paulo,

RGS-IBG statement on harassment in the academy

TW: sexual harassment, abuse, coercive behaviours

The RGS-IBG has released a statement in response to the recent broadcast by Al-Jazeera ( You can read this statement below (original source here). The Participatory Geographies Research Group (PYGYRG) of the RGS-IBG strongly supports this statement and will be continuing discussions around how we can effect change in the culture of academic geography, to help ensure respectful, inclusive, and equitable treatment of everyone.…

Participation for sustainable, resilient, and equitable futures: Where are we heading?

By: Caitlin Hafferty (Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire), Bruna Montuori (School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London), Dr Susanne Börner* (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham & School of Public Health, Universidade de Sao Paulo), Kahina Meziant (Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University), Fred Dunwoodie Stirton (Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire), Dr Thea Wingfield (Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool).…

Decolonial Research Methods: Resisting Coloniality in Academic Knowledge Production

Registration for an NCRM webinar series on Decolonial Research Methods is now open! This series may be of particular interest to participatory researchers. Register here:


Eminent scholars will explore the topic of decolonial research methods in a new NCRM webinar series.…