Opportunity for NERC, BBSRC and AHRC funded PhD students

AHRC joins NERC and BBSRC in Policy Internship Scheme
Deadline for Policy Internships Scheme is 4pm on 18th August 2014
The Arts and Humanities Research Council is pleased to announce that it will join the the Natural Environment Research Council and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council policy internship scheme.
The scheme, which is open for applications, gives PhD students funded by any of the three research councils the invaluable opportunity to spend three months working in an influential policy organisation.
Ian Lyne, Associate Director of Research for the AHRC commented: “Arts and humanities researchers across a wide range of disciplines can make an important contribution to policy-making in a range of areas. This scheme is a great opportunity for PhD students to gain experience of working in a policy environment and to build on the skills that they have developed during the course of their research.”
Successful applicants will either contribute to a policy briefing paper, participate in a policy enquiry or organise a policy event or workshop. The scheme has eight host organisations these include three parliamentary bodies and five non-parliamentary organisations. For AHRC-funded students the host organisations available are British Library, National Assembly for Wales Research Service, Royal Society and Scottish Parliament Information Centre.
Further details about the scheme and application details are available on the policy internships page. The full list of host organisations include:

Podcast your research! www.vivavocepodcasts.com

 Podcast your research! www.vivavocepodcasts.com

Viva Voce is a new and exciting online platform that launched on June 23rd to promote and support PhD students, PostDocs and Early careers researchers in the Social Sciences, by providing a platform for setting up “short, sharp and engaging podcasts about yourself and your research”.
Viva Voce ensures that early career researchers are not overlooked or lost among other social media sites, by levelling the playing field to a Podcast and a short and sweet profile, with links to up to two publications, personal websites, Twitter ID, and email. In this way, the podcast acts as the ‘taster’ that encourages people to click on your links and learn more about you and your research. Podcast profiles are categorised by 3 keywords and discipline so that you are visible on 4 pages, which gives greater exposure for you and your research.
Setting up your own Podcast feature is simple. Check out the new website www.vivavocepodcasts.com or e-mail  vivavocepodcasts@gmail.com
Follow on Twitter: @vivavocepodcast

NRG BESS Early Career Researcher Conference 2014

 Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability

8th – 9th September 2014, University of Southampton

This year, Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton will host the first NRG BESS Early Career Conference on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability.

We kindly invite all early career researchers (postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, research assistants and technicians) to attend, present a poster or give a talk. Abstracts for presentations and posters can be submitted for one of the four main conference themes: Upland Rivers, Coastal Landscapes, Urban Ecosystems and Lowland Multifunctional Landscapes. We will, however, accept abstracts for all related research. To submit an abstract, please click here.

Important deadlines:

Early-bird registration and first round abstract submission: July 15th

Final date for abstract submission: August 1st - no abstracts will be accepted beyond this date!

Final registration: August 15th


Please click here to go to the registration page where you can also book accommodation and your place at the conference dinner.


For further details and regular updates, and to learn more about NRG BESS, please visit our website, follow us on Twitter: @nrgbess, or contact us at conference@nrgbess.net


An Introductory GIS training course – open to all – will be held on September 10th and 11th. For further details please click here or email training@nrgbess.net


Roundtable on arts and humanities research perspectives on risk

Event Date: 14/07/2014

Event Location: London

​The AHRC, in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, is organizing an all-day roundtable meeting that brings together AHRC-funded researchers with other arts and humanities researchers specialising or with an interest in risk.

Aims of the Roundtable

The roundtable will help to explore the distinctive insights and perspectives that arts and humanities research can bring to cross-disciplinary, public and policy debates about risk and to identify potential future emerging research agendas relating to risk within the arts and humanities.

Call for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are invited by 16th June 2014 from researchers from all disciplines within the arts and humanities. There are approximately 15 places available to attend the roundtable, and successful applicants will be notified by Monday 23rd June.

Full details of the roundtable and how to apply are available in the call document (PDF 30KB, opens in new window).

Any queries please direct these to Ian and Nathan:

Ian Broadbridge (AHRC) <I.Broadbridge@ahrc.ac.uk>, Nathan Tuffin AHRC <N.Tuffin@ahrc.ac.uk>


Wiki workshop for geographers

With increasing attention to new and different outlets for disseminating research, geographers are encouraged to enhance their ability to communicate complex geographical ideas to wider audiences, to help increase the amount of geographical content on Wikipedia, and to consider ways in which Wikipedia can be incorporated into research, teaching and learning.

Geographers are invited to attend this wiki workshop, to learn and share the variety of ways Wikipedia can be used in geographical research, teaching and learning, and to receive hands-on training in editing Wikipedia content from the Wikimedia Foundation.  No prior experience is needed (but experienced editors welcome to share their knowledge).

Date and time: Monday 7 July 2014, 1pm to 5pm

Location: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Cost: Free, but places are limited

Find out more and book your place: https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Wiki_Workshop_for_Geographers

Attendance is encouraged from PhD students, early-career researchers, tutors, lecturers and other geographers interesting in using Wikipedia in their research and/or teaching.

Although the event is free, the Society regrets that there are no funds available to cover travel or other costs of attending.

Questions may be directed to Stephanie Wyse at RGS-IBG, RHED@rgs.org.

Find your voice: early career workshop

Thursday 5th June 2014, 10am-5pm, at the University of Manchester

Effectively publishing and publicising research is an essential and rewarding part of academic life. Proactive engagement with wide and diverse audiences, both academic and non-academic, will ensure that the work that you do has a powerful impact. It is an essential skill needed for the development of a successful academic career.


This one-day workshop, aimed at early career researchers including postgraduates, will equip participants with the skills and information needed to successfully disseminate research outputs. A range of expert speakers will focus on different aspects of publishing and promoting research: (1) journal editors discuss getting a paper accepted and published; (2) media experts focus on distilling information to the general public; and (3) experienced academics discuss the key requirements for engaging with the wider world.


The event is free, but limited to 20 places so early application is advised. Participants are asked to submit a short abstract (max 300 words) for a piece of research that they are undertaking or thinking of undertaking. This could be a summary of a thesis chapter. This piece of research will form the basis of practical sessions, where the idea is adapted for various appropriate audiences.


The workshop is co-sponsored by the British Society for Population Geographers and the University of Leeds. If you would like further information, visit the website at www.findyourvoice2014.moonfruit.com or contact Nik Lomax, N.M.Lomax@leeds.ac.uk.


To apply, please email your abstract submission to findyourvoice2014@gmail.com by Friday 22nd May and include ‘abstract submission’ in the subject line. Applicants should also include their full name, year of study or number of years since graduating, place of work or study, and whether they are a member of either the Population Geography Research Group or the British Society for Population Studies.

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2014

Loughborough University, 14th-15th April 2014

This conference is a great opportunity to present your research to fellow postgraduates in a supportive environment and this year has been extended in length to enable more postgraduates to present and more time for informal discussion.

Loughborough University is pleased to host the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-term Conference on 14th –15th April 2014. This is a supportive and friendly event for PhD students to present their work to the postgraduate community. We invite research ideas and findings from all geographical aspects, both physical and human, to be presented either orally or by poster. This meeting will provide a unique networking opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary research. The two keynote speakers are confirmed to be Prof John Anderson and Dr Hilary Geoghegan.

The mid-term conference is open to all postgraduates, at any stage of their research. We particularly encourage first year students to attend, since the relaxed environment is perfect for those presenting for the first time.

Please go to http://store.lboro.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=70 to register.

Registration closes Friday 22nd February 2014.  For any enquiries please email: rgsmidterm@lboro.ac.uk

LIVINGMAPS Seminar Series

During the past decade the development of open source digital technologies has for the first time put the means of mapping in the hands of ordinary citizens. They can now create maps that tell their own story; they can use GPS to plan their journeys by land or sea, they can go ‘geo-caching’ and adventure into new and unfamiliar environments in search of buried treasure…

In practice, however, the outcome has been far from empowering. These developments have occurred in the context of processes of globalization which have hollowed out the resources of locally-situated knowledge and marginalised many of its communities of interest and affiliation. As a result there is a growing tension between the enlarged scale of social networking through virtual media and the narrowing scope of social ambition and economic opportunity navigated within the urban public realm.

Against this background this series aims to bring together geographers and ethnographers, environmentalists and computer scientists, artists and writers, in a shared conversation around the possibilities of challenging panoptic and forensic cartographies which marginalize or pathologise populations perceived to be obstacles to ‘progress’,‘modernity’ or ‘public order’. It will also explore alternative strategies of ‘counter-mapping’. Each session combines theoretical and practical presentations around a specific theme. The series is organised by the Living Maps Network as part of a programme of initiatives designed to produce a re-mapping of East London’s past, present and future.

The next event is ‘Hidden Histories’ and will take place on Feb 11th at The Building Exploratory in Farringdon, London. For more details and the full programme of events please have a look at the flyer.


Job: RGS Managing Editor: Academic Publications

Would you like to manage the academic publications of a leading learned society in geography?
The Managing Editor oversees the publication of the Society’s academic journals and books (www.rgs.org/journals)- Area, The Geographical Journal, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and WIREs Climate Change, and the RGS-IBG Book Series, all published in partnership with Wiley. A new fully open access journal, GEO: Geography and Environment, is to be launched in 2014.
This is a permanent full-time appointment subject to successful completion of a four month probationary period. The post is salaried £25,920 to £27,828 per annum according to experience.
View the full job description (PDF) for detailed instructions on how to apply. Applications must be received by 5:00pm 29th January 2014. Interviews will be held on the 10th February. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Call for papers: Educational Transitions: Changes, Contexts and Geographies

2014 RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014, London, 26-29 August 2014.

Sponsored by the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG).
Session organisers: Dr Mark Holton (University of Brighton, UK), Dr Mark Riley (University of Liverpool, UK), Prof. Barbara Pini (Griffith University, Australia).
There has been a burgeoning of research, in recent years, seeking to articulate how geographical insights might inform educational research. Geographers have approached education from a number of perspectives, including a discussion of changing educational policies and their underlying ideologies, the internationalization and transnationalisation of education, as well as socio-cultural analyses of the rising importance of alternative spaces of education, education experiences and the emotional geographies of education. Running through these discussions have been calls for an ‘outward looking’ and ‘de-centered’ geography of education (Hanson Theim, 2009; Holloway et al, 2010) which reaches out to wider conceptual debates within geography and beyond. This session hopes to bring together various strands of work on the geographies of education, encourage further critical exploration of future agendas for this work, and explore various educational transitions.
These might include, but are not limited to:
·         New and alternative spaces of education
·         The [re]placing and transitioning of educational institutions
·         Multiple scales and sites of educational experiences
·         Educational identities
·         Retheorising ‘education’
·         Educational futures. 
Please email a 250 word abstract to one of the convenors:
Deadline for submission Monday 10th February 2014.
For further inquiries or if you would like to discuss your papers before submitting, please contact any of the convenors.