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We would  like to expand this news page. RGRG members, including Postgraduates are welcome to email news to us on current topical issues  such as the impact of Covid-19 on our rural communities, short articles, and up and coming events (virtual or postponed face2face)

RGS International Conference (with IBG) and the RGRG AGM

We are delighted to see such a busy conference this year with many topical sessions and presentations for rural geographers. The Conference will run from 31 August 2021 – 3 September 2021 7.00am-9.00pm and registration for online attendance can be found on the RGS Conference website here . Full Conference itinerary can be found on the same page. The RGRG have a good cohort of sessions so just search using RGRG to see our sponsored sessions.

RGRG digital AGM

Will be on Wednesday 1 September, 13:40 – 14:40 all are welcome and with some of our long standing committee members ‘retiring’ some general and more involved spaces will be available. So if you are passionate about rural geography, would like to influence agendas, or just want to hear more please come and join us. Register via the RGS website here just scroll down to RGRG AGM and click on link.

Positions available are: secretary, news editor, web editor, dissertation award lead, general member. We welcome both those in academia and practitioners across all age groups, gender, ethnicity, etc, to apply please send a short CV (150 words max) stating why you would be suitable (and if possible a proposer and seconder) and affiliations to Megan Palmer-Abbs


We are delighted to announce that Professor Terry Marsden has been awarded the RGS (with ibg) Back Award for outstanding contribution to the development of national and international rural planning and development public policy and that Professor Chris Philo the Victoria Medal for his promotion and contribution to research in health, social and cultural geographies. We would like to offer our appreciation and congratulations on behalf of the RGRG committee, our members and the contribution this makes towards more sustainable societies.


We are delighted to announce the winners of this years undergraduate dissertation award for geographers. Our thanks goes to Fiona Williams and RGRG committee members for their valued support yet again. We are particularly proud of our up and coming geographers and hope they have a long career in this field. Winners as follows:

2019/20: Winning dissertation: Dylan Inglis, Durham University

Language and relational values: a Q analysis of relations with forests in the Basque Pyrenees

2nd  Nicholas Partridge, Queen Mary University of London

Angling in the British Countryside: An investigation of Class, Gender and Rurality in the changing spaces and societies of British leisure angling

3rd Grace Molly Evans, Aberystwyth University

The socio-economic impact of poor digital connectivity on rural communities; A case study of Llangwm, Monmouthshire


RGRG Sponsored sessions for RGS with IBG Annual International Conference, London 31 August -3 September 2021 are out.

We continue with the organisation of the Conference for 2021 with many sessions online and some in person. The RGS will confirm in June how the final conference will be run in terms of in person guidelines. Specific registration guidance, timelines and advice will be available from the RGS website HERE

For more on RGRG Sponsored session please see the RGS website HERE

Please see the confirmed RGRG sponsored sessions 2021 HERE

PGR Blogs

More new blogs from our PhD candidates, this weeks is from Niamh McHugh (holding a joint studentship at Loughborough University and the University of Leicester) on The Digital Marketing of Rural Real Estate – Even More Important Post-Covid? see here. For more information on how to submit a short article click here

Geography Directions – Covid 19 & sustainable resources

See Damian Maye’ s Geography Directions blog which summarises key themes from the COVID-19 sustainable resources page (relationality, food insecurity and relocalisation of food systems)

To see the presentations from the PGR/ECR mini symposium at the RGRG AGM & associated events follow associated links

1. The latest driving force of rural gentrification? How Digital Marketing is Influencing Processes of Rural Gentrification in England – Niamh McHugh, University of Leicester

2. Toward an integrative framework for the governance of sustainable agricultural innovation –
​Auvikki de Boon, University of Reading here

3. ‘Agro-ecology and organic agriculture as a counterforce to (super-) productivist farming in Brazil: innovative strategies in a time of crisis‘  
–  Dr Felipe da Silva Machado (University of Plymouth) here

4. Politics and the Rural: (New) Spaces for Contentious Politics beyond the Urban
– Viktoria Noka (University of Glasgow) here

Covid 19 – routes to recovery for rural communities

COVID 19 and the impacts of rural communities: CCRI website here & A Centre for Rural Economy rapid assessment of the effect of Covid-19 on rural economies here & Scottish Universities here

New PGR Blog

Support for students from the RGS

Many geography students complete a dissertation, or other substantial research project, in their final year of study. The Society is compiling a selection of resources to help students plan projects, collect and analyse appropriate data, draw conclusions and present work well. These resources are accessible remotely and focus on secondary data, acknowledging that primary data collection may be problematic at present. This list of online resources to aid online student research is dynamic and will be updated over time.

Under Graduate Prize Winners 2019-2020

This years Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Winners announced ……