PYGYRG Dissertation Prize Winners 2021

1st Place Winner

Alex Moore

Popular Participatory Spaces and the Agency of Youth in Edinburgh’s Fridays for Future Movement: Sites of Radical Possibility?

This dissertation was a study of the spatialities of youth protest and the facilitative potential of popular participatory spaces for young activists’ radical political participation and agentic being.…

PYGYRG Dissertation Prize Winners 2022

1st Place Winner 

Tom Howitt “Assessing the Effectiveness of Booderee National Park’s Indigenous-Government Co-Management Arrangement in Meeting the Aims and Aspirations of the Wreck Bay Community” (University of Edinburgh).

The scope and style of my dissertation project came with many logistical and ethical challenges, and so I am delighted that my hard work has been recognised by the PYGYRG!…

PyGyRG at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2022

We’re excited to be at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2022, from Tuesday 30th August to Friday 2nd September.

The Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG) are sponsoring/co-sponsoring five exciting sessions at the conference on topics including activism and social justice, hybrid participatory research, rural tourism and leisure, walking during the pandemic, and diverse participatory methods.…

Participatory geographies social meet-up

The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2022 will be hosted at Newcastle University (UK) between Tuesday, 30 August, and Friday, 2 September. You can find out more about the conference here.

The Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG) are hosting a social meet-up on Wednesday, 31st August at the City Tavern (

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.…