Reflecting on the ‘twenty-teens’ and looking forward

Fran Darlington-Pollock 

As we enter the final throes of the ‘twenty-teens’, we at the Population Geography Research Group are feeling reflective. There has been much in the past decade for population geographers to get their teeth into. For example, back in 2013, James Tyner wrote of the renaissance of ‘population’ in geography, with increasing attention given to “those lives rendered ‘wasted’, ‘precarious’, or ‘superfluous’”.

Making visible the experiences of the vulnerable, neglected and disadvantaged continues to feature at the heart of much of the work of population geographers, whether reflecting on populations on the move, changes in population structures, or debating stalling or falling life expectancy. 

Yet as some grapple with the notion of a ‘post-truth’ society, it is ever more critical that we as population geographers must counter flows of ‘fake news’ and mis-information that can so readily distort public discussion. But what will the new ‘roaring twenties’ hold? 

Over the next year, we at the Population Geography Research Group will continue to work on an exciting new project to archive the Research Group. Not only will this safeguard our records, but it also paves the way for our upcoming celebrations of the anniversary of the establishment of the PGRG. 

To kickstart those preparations as we enter a new decade, we want to hear from you. We invite our community of population geographers, young and old, new and established, to join us in reflecting on the past decade, but also on what you think the key issue(s) of the next will be? 

We will collate and share some of the best responses in a special January blog post to welcome in the 2020s. Please send in your reflections, of no more than 500 words, to Fran Darlington-Pollock, by 20th January 2020. 

In the meantime, we wish you all a relaxing festive break and a very happy new year. 

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