Sage Sponsors EGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize


EGRG is pleased to announce that new for 2014, the EGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize is proudly sponsored by Sage. Winners receive copies of Global Shift, The Sage Handbook of Economic Geography, and a further £150 worth of Sage books.  For more information on the EGRG prizes and how to enter click here.

The winner of the 2014 UG prize will be announced – along with the PhD Prize winner – at the EGRG AGM,1.10pm to 2.25pm on Wednesday 27th August 2014. The Venue is the Lowther Room at the Royal Geographical Society.  See you there.



Register Now for EGRG Annual Symposium: 26 August 2014, London

Generating Research Impact: Ethics, Politics and Practices

Date: Tuesday 26th August 2014

Venue: Education Centre, Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Jointly organised by RGS-IBG Research Groups: EGRG, DARG, SCGRG and PolGRG

This workshop will take place on the day before the 2014 annual international conference of the RGS (with IBG). It brings together academics, including postgraduates, from across human geography to facilitate a critical focus and debate on the nature and implications of research impact, from research group perspectives across the discipline, including thinking more broadly and critically about what research impact means to us, and how it affects our work. The event includes group and roundtable debate, facilitated by five keynote talks.


10:00-10:30 Registration & coffee

10:30-10:45 Welcome from Alex Hughes & introductions

10:45-12:00 Session 1: Tracking & Embedding Impact (Chair: Steve Musson)

  • Dr Martin Walsh (Global Research Adviser, Oxfam GB, & Member of REF Main Panel C): Researching impacts: emerging lessons from the development sector
  • Group discussion: How do we embed & track impact? How might we work with organisations to do this, and what are the challenges?

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Session 2: Politics, Consequences & Communication of Impact (Chair: Rebecca Sandover)

  • Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff School of Planning & Geography): The politics of sustainable school food reform (project recognised in ESRC Impact Annual Awards 2013)
  • Hazel Edwards (Senior Engagement Manager – Arts & Humanities, Durham University): Research impact through partnership: the case of a Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum project
  • Group discussion: How do we conduct research that shapes public policy/engagement? How do we address the political challenges associated with the generation & consequences of research impact? How do we communicate research impact?

14:30-15:00 Tea/coffee

15:00-16:30 Session 3: Conceptualising Impact & its Pathways (Chair: Karen Lai)

  • Eloise Mellor (ESRC): Overview of ESRC’s current visions of impact
  • Professor Nina Laurie (Newcastle University): Conceptualising impact in the global South: the case of a trafficking project
  • Group discussion: How do we conceptualise and create pathways to impact? What kinds of skills are required to foster impact?

16:30 Workshop closes

18:15 RGS-IBG 2014 Annual conference opens


The event is free to students (current, registered graduate or doctoral studies), and £16 for all others.

To register for the event, you can book in one of two ways: (i) through the RGS website and online booking system (to add the workshop to your RGS annual conference booking) at or, if you are not attending the annual conference, (ii) by e-mailing and sending a cheque (if you are paying) for £16 made payable to ‘EGRG’ to Alex Hughes, School of Geography, Politics & Sociology, 5th Floor Claremont Tower, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU by 6th August.


EGRG sponsors 8 sessions at RGS-IBG 2014

Summer Institute in Economic Geography 2014


The next meeting will be hosted by the Department of Human Geography at the Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main, 20-26 July, 2014.

Featured speakers

Brett Christophers

Brett Christophers
Associate Professor of Geography, Institute for Housing and Urban Research
Uppsala University, Sweden
Susan Christopherson

Susan Christopherson
Professor of City and Regional Planning
Cornell University, USA


Mark Lorenzen
Professor of Business Economics
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Katherine Rankin Katharine Rankin
Associate Professor of Geography, Program in Planning
University of Toronto, Canada

Marion Werner

Marion Werner
Assistant Professor of Geography
University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA



  • Department of Human Geography, Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main
  • Economic Geography
  • Sage Publications


The event is open to early career researchers in economic geography (doctoral students at or beyond the fieldwork stage; postdoctoral researchers in universities, think tanks and research institutes; and lecturers or tenure-track faculty within the first three years of appointment).

Find out more:

Welcome to the new EGRG website… and thanks to Graham Bowden!

Welcome to the new EGRG website.  This site was developed by Al James in January 2014 as part of the RGS-IBG’s programme to bring all research group websites in-house. The EGRG site was previously hosted by The School of Geography at the University of Manchester, where it was maintained by Graham Bowden for over 10 years!  We are extremely grateful to Graham (shown below with former EGRG Chair Neil Coe) for all his hard work for EGRG.

Outgoing EGRG Chair Neil Coe presents University of Manchester cartographer Graham Bowden with a gift voucher in recognition of 9  years excellent work on the EGRG website