About Us

The Rural Geography Research Group exists to encourage and promote theoretical and policy-related research in rural geography and rural studies through the continued interrogation, exploration and analysis of rurality as a shifting and dynamic category of social science investigation.

The Group currently has members drawn from academia, policy makers and others interested in the development of rural geography. 

Activities include:

  • regular and varied sessions held at the Society’s annual conference and at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference
  • a large and very active group of younger researchers and postgraduates who come together for the Young Rural Researchers’ Forum at the Annual Conference. We also run a dedicated Postgraduate Conference every two years
  • regular joint meetings held in the UK and abroad with counterpart bodies in France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, the U.S.A. and Canada
  • the production of two newsletters a year, in March and November, which contain full details of our activities and other events of interest to people with an involvement in rural geography;
  • annual prizes for the best Masters and Undergraduate dissertations in a subject area related to Rural Geography
  • close links with other groups interested in rural issues such as the Rural Economy and Society Study Group and the International Rural Sociological Association