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Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCo)

'A collective dedicated to the promotion of geography education through research and publication'

GEReCo is a group of 13 teacher educators who joined together four years ago with the shared purpose of creating and disseminating research in geography education. They achieve this through a variety of activities including conference presentations, seminars, books and journal articles.


  1. To undertake high quality research in geography education
  2. To disseminate widely, through various publications, conferences and seminars, the research findings of the Collective
  3. To develop original thinking, critical perspectives and new knowledge in geography education
  4. To actively pursue research projects and funding from educational and/or governmental sources
  5. To facilitate a research and publication forum, which meets at least once each term
  6. To add value to the research activities of the wider geography education community


Mary Biddulph – University of Nottingham
Clare Brooks – Institute of Education, London
Graham Butt
- Oxford Brookes University
Simon Catling
– Oxford Brookes University
Roger Firth – University of Nottingham
David Lambert – Institute of Education, London and GA Chief Executive
Fran Martin
- University of Exeter and GA Junior Vice-President
Alun Morgan
- University of Exeter
John Morgan – Institute of Education, London and Bristol University
Charles Rawding – Edge Hill University
Eleanor Rawling – University of Oxford
Margaret Roberts – ex Sheffield University and GA Past-President
Liz Taylor
- University of Cambridge

Recent activities

GEReCo members meet three times in each academic year. Abridged minutes from recent meetings are provided below.

Meeting Notes

Download: November 2012 (PDF, 74k)
Download: July 2012 (PDF, 74k)
Download: March 2012 (PDF, 273k)
Download: November 2011 (PDF, 274k)
Download: July 2011 (PDF, 141k)
Download: March 2011 (PDF, 166k)
Download: November 2010 (PDF, 154k)
Download: June 2010 (PDF, 138k)
Download: March 2010 (PDF, 140k)

GEReCo seminars and workshops

GEReCo members are currently developing two proposals for future seminar and workshop activities:

(i) a bid for an ESRC seminar series entitled 'Subject to Change: the role of geography as a subject discipline in curriculum construction in schools'. If successful, this will fund six seminars around the country which will draw together in debate academic geographers, geography educationists and others. The seminar series will end with a dissemination conference at the Institute of Education in London.

(ii) an annual workshop for a small number of geography educationists on a theme related to research in geography education

Recent publications

In January 2011, the book 'Geography, Education and the Future' - written and edited by GEReCo members - was published by Continuum.


The GEReCo website will, in future, contain links to a number of databases that may be of use to members of the geography education community. These databases are in the process of being completed and will be added by September 2011. The proposed databases will include:

(i) GEReCo members' research projects

(ii) GEReCo Strategic Plan (to 2014)

(iii) national database of Masters dissertations and research degree theses in geography education

(iv) national database of research projects in geography education

Impolite Geography

GEReCo members David Lambert and John Morgan set up a blog discussing their thoughts on contempory geographical issues.

Supporting the work of postgraduate research students, and their supervisors, in geography education

GEReCo launched the first in a series of support sessions for research students, and their supervisors, in Birmingham on 14 March 2012. These sessions are designed to meet the following aims:

  1. Provide 'workshop' support for invited PhD/EdD students and their supervisors, focusing on aspects of geography education (as opposed to providing an induction into generic, or 'general research' supervision, themes)
  2. Help new supervisors conduct PhD supervisions in geography education.
  3. Provide guidance on bringing research to publication.
  4. Advise on the creation of suitable research projects/titles, with suggestions for appropriate research methods and methodology.

The first session - which explored aspects of 1 and 4 above - involved Professor David Lambert and Ben Major, as well as Dr Roger Firth and Steve Puttick. Ben and Steve are registered PhD students in geography education. Read more about their work (PDF) and download Ben's presentation on Knowledge and the Geography Curriculum (PPT).

Further information

For further information about GEReCo, please contact Graham Butt or Roger Firth.

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