Contemporary Issues in Participatory Geography: Registration and Session Details

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our two-day online event – Contemporary Issues in Participatory Geography: Challenges, Opportunities, and New Directions.

Please register for free via Eventbrite:

Please find the event schedule and session details below.

Contemporary Issues in Participatory Geography: Challenges, Adaptations, and New Directions

A trans-disciplinary online event in cutting-edge participatory research

Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th of May 2021

Keep up-to-date: follow @PYGYRG and #PARTICIPATORY21

*** UPDATE 10/03/2021: Call for Submissions open – see below. ***

*** UPDATE 16/03/2021: Session details and registration launch – view here ***

Sponsored by the Participatory Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Annual General Meeting & Call for Participation

The Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG) committee warmly invites you to our online RGS-IBG PyGyRG AGM and Discussant Event.  

11am to 1pm (BST) on 2nd September 2020.

To attend, please register in advance at:

After registering, you will receive a Zoom link for joining the meeting.…

Annual dissertation prize: Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG)

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.…

Collaborative and Participatory Research Away Weekend

We are pleased to invite applications for Participatory Geographies Away Weekend. This will be held in the grounds of Cragside House, a National Trust Property in Northumberland on 19/20 June. During the weekend we shall have time to share ideas and to work through challenges we’re facing; to think and write; and to walk, relax and cook together.…

Participatory Action Research by Dr. Sam Halvorsen (Former Chairperson of PYGYRG), Queen Mary University of London

Participatory Action Research
Dr. Sam Halvorsen, Queen Mary University of London

This text is a near-final version that will be published in the Oxford Bibliographies in Geography (Ed. Barney Warf).

General Overviews
Foundational Works and Historical Lineages
Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Participatory Development (PD) Participatory Geographies
Participatory Methods
Community-Based Participatory Research
Critiques of PAR
Ethics and PAR
Activist and Militant Research

PAR is an approach that strives to take seriously the ethics and politics of the processes and outcomes of doing research.…

Participatory Geographies Away Weekend 24th & 25th May 2019 BOOK NOW

A4 Colour poster for display available from

Second Call for participation

All Bursaries have now been allocated but some regular places are still available.

A call to all those interested in participatory geographies (both faculty and students). The PYGYRG annual away weekend will be held at the ‘Fortwilliam Backpakers’ hostel

Reflecting on Interrogating Form: Creative and Cultural Participatory Practice

I am an artist, currently doing a part time practice led PhD at Chelsea school of Art alongside my studio practice based in Edinburgh. My impression from the day was that the two speakers, Harriet Hawkins and Caitlin Cahill, and most of the invited panel, shared an interest in using arts practice in mixed method research with a particular interest in how arts practices in a formal sense might be used to increase the impact of their research. …