RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London 2021

We are looking forward to the return of the RGS-IBG Annual Conference for 2021. Coinciding with the conference, we will be running our AGM on Thursday 2nd September at 1.00pm on Zoom. For all attending the RGS-IBG Conference, this will be straight after the (Hi)Stories of Population Geography: reflections from PopGRG’s Archiving Project conference session. The AGM will reflect on the activities in the past year and discuss plans for the coming year.

To sign up to attend the AGM, please register via this form:  Details on how to join the meeting will be circulated c. 1 week in advance.  

There are a number of committee roles up for election this year (see list below). The committee is a small friendly and supportive group of academics/those interested in population geography. We work together on shaping the agenda for population geography, which we define in a broad sense, and are always open to new ideas, different perspectives and new members. The below are examples of some initiatives that we have carried out in the past 3 years:

  • Launched and publish a range of blogs from academics and policy makers on issues surrounding population:
  • Pre-conference on Austerity politics and the changing landscapes of inequality, jointly organised by PGRG and SCGRG at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference in 2018
  • Conducted a small research project archiving the history of the population geography research group
  • School competition for population geography images.

We also have an exciting array of activities forthcoming for the 2021-22 year, including a 50th anniversary celebration event, an early careers event and a writing retreat. We encourage committee members to contribute what they can to the work of committee, recognising the impact of other activities. If you think you might be interested in joining us, please contact the Secretary (Sophie Cranston- to discuss informally. However, please note that as the AGM will be online, in order to facilitate online voting we will require a formal expression of interest in the committee position by Thursday the 26th of August 5pm (BST).

Committee positions up for election in 2021

Membership Officer
Events Officer
Communications Officer
Publications and Awards
Early Careers

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London 2019

Thank you to all those who attended and participated in the PGRG sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference.

Take a look at the blog post which offers reflections from this years’ conference.

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff 2018

Thank you to all those who attended and participated in the PGRG sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, which took place in Cardiff from Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 August 2018

Take a look at the minutes of our AGM and the 2017/18 Committee Reports here.

The Population Geography Research Group had a busy programme of events, activities and sponsored sessions.

Thank you to all those who convened sessions, shared their research, participated in pannel discussions and attended. A flavour of the 2018 sessions below-

Pre-conference event: Austerity politics and changing landscapes of inequality

Organised by the Population Geography Research Group and the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group

Speakers included:
Alison Stenning (University of Newcastle) Sarah Marie Hall (University of Manchester) Rory Coulter, (UCL), Sait Bayrakdar (Kings College London) and Ann Berrington (University of Southampton) Jon May (QMUL), Paul Cloke (University of Exeter), Andrew Williams (Cardiff University) and Liev Cherry (QMUL) Rosie Walker (University of Brighton), author of ‘The Rent Trap’

Population Geography Research Group AGM (18.45-8pm) AGM details

Housing landscapes and the life course  Convenors: Rory Coulter (UCL) and Michael Thomas (Groningen) Session details

Interrogating relationships between spatial and social mobility in the Global South Convenor:  Marta Bivand Erdal, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)  Session 1 details   Session 2 details 

Landscapes of Education Migrations and Mobilities  Convenors: Suzanne Beech (Ulster University) and Johanna Waters (University of Oxford) Session 1 details Session 2 details

Landscapes of Gentrification Convenors: Martin Phillips (University of Leicester) and Darren Smith (Loughborough University) Session 1 details  Session 2 details

The geographies of migrant politics Convenors: Liz Mavroudi and Sophie Cranston (Loughborough University)    Session 1 details   Session 2 details

2017 RGS IBG Annual International Conference

The 2017 Annual International Conference was held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, from Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September 2017.

This years conference was chaired by Sarah Radcliffe (University of Cambridge, UK). The chair’s theme was ‘Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world’.

A number of our members attended the 9th International Conference on Population Geographies at the University of Washington, Seattle, June 29-July 1, 2017.

The International Conference on Population Geographies is a biennial gathering of population geographers, spatial demographers and others interested in presenting papers and sharing ideas on spatial population issues.

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