RGS-IBG Conference

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2019

The following sessions were sponsored by PERG:

  • UK drought risk in the interdisciplinary research spotlight: linking evidence from new research to explorations of the impacts of UK summer 2018 drought Lindsey McEwen (Centre for Water Communities and Resilience, UWE Bristol) and Rebecca Pearce (University of Exeter)
  • Communities and the trouble with house-building: citizen engagement in planning for new homes Quintin Bradley (Leeds Beckett University); Charles Goode (University of Birmingham)
  • Exploring the local context for nature-based solutions in conservation management Nikoleta Jones (Anglia Ruskin University) and Shonil Bhagwat (Head of Geography, Open University)
  • Infrastructure//Space:  infrastructural troubles and struggles in the Global North and South Will Eadson (Sheffield Hallam University); Sӧren Becker (University of Bonn); Gerald Taylor Aiken (University of Luxembourg).


RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2018

The following reports are of PERG sponsored and co-sponsored sessions from the 2018 annual conference:

  • Beyond a Standardised Urban Lexicon: Which Vocabulary Matters?

Two panels were convened at the 2018 RGS on re-imagining new geographies that are better representative and inclusive of local urbanisms in cities of the Global South. Under the overarching title “Beyond a Standardised Urban Lexicon: Which Vocabulary Matters”, the panels aimed to question mainstream discourses in urban studies, and put forward new conceptualisations from Southern cities on housing, gentrification, aesthetics, infrastructure, among others. Our call for papers received over 15 submissions, and we settled on a selection of 10 papers that would represent different regions, urban policies, and grassroots experiences. Eight papers were presented that tackled a diversity of topics such as evictions in Istanbul, worker housing in Mumbai and Dhaka, water access in Cairo, the meaning of public art in cities of East Europe, the ‘favelaisation’ of Rio, aesthetics and transport policy in Delhi, localising gentrification in South Asia, and questioning the postcolonial city.

The panels were very well attended and several members of the audience expressed their interest in further collaborations on the topic. Chaired by two top scholars- Dr. Aseem Inam, Cardiff University and Dr. Charlotte Lemanski, University of Cambridge, the sessions provoked in-depth questions from the audience and created networking opportunities for post-graduate students with academics in the field. The support of research groups- Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG), Postgraduate Forum, Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG), and the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG) were especially important in the promotion of the panels and relieving the financial burden for students to attend the RGS.

  • Critical Reflections on the Changing Landscapes of Food Waste

The 2018 RGS-IBG annual conference included two PERG sponsored sessions entitled ‘Critical Reflections on the Changing Landscapes of Food Waste’. These morning panels focused on food waste and redistribution respectively and were very well received. The papers covered a wide range of topic areas, including the role of the food waste hierarchy in the (un)sustainable management of food (both theoretically and empirically) and the negative effects of neoliberal environmentalism in the context of food waste and the retail sector. Redistribution was then considered from a number of geographical contexts (e.g., UK and US) and a variety of different perspectives. Papers addressed the hidden movement of surplus food, the implementation of the Courtauld Commitment, the social value of food waste and the role of new materialist approaches. A lively discussion followed, addressing the problematic nature of dominant approaches and the feasibility of proposed alternatives. The interdisciplinary nature of the session allowed for a variety of academic perspectives (e.g., geography, politics) and methodologies (e.g., survey work, interviews) as well as a wide range of comments and contributions from the audience. Reflecting on its initial intentions and overall outcomes, the session successfully addressed the discursive construction of food waste and its material governance, shifting categorisations of food as it moves towards waste and the importance of accounting and accountability in mobilising actions. Both the papers and the discussion made a valuable contribution to the important work that is being done in this area.


RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2016

The following sessions were (co) sponsored by PERG:

  • Policies and practices of community-led environmental initiatives (1): Enacting Eco-Communities
  • Managing the rural Nexus: exploring if and how we can manage for multiple goals (1): Exploring attempts and tools to deliver management of the rural nexus
  • Policies and practices of community-led environmental initiatives (2): Community Energy
  • Managing the rural Nexus: exploring if and how we can manage for multiple goals (2): Evaluating nexus management: a discussion on how to evaluate tools and initiatives
  • Policies and practices of community-led environmental initiatives (3): Negotiation & Partnership
  • Author meets critics: Susan Owens – Knowledge, Policy, and Expertise: The UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 1970-2011
  • Reframing the Housing Question as Crisis?
  • Emergent urban spaces: A planetary perspective (1&2)


RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015

The following sessions were (co) sponsored by PERG:

  • Alternative experiments: spaces of learning and innovation at the grassroots (Noel Longhurst, University of East Anglia) and Jana Wendler (The University of Manchester);
  • Local belonging and the dynamics of change to places (Patrick Devine-Wright, University of Exeter);
  • Smart cities, limits and potentialities (1) Solutions and policies in building urban smartness (Gian Maria Valent, DISSGEA-University of Padova, Marco Tononi, University of Padova /University of Brescia and Sara Bonati University of Madeira, Portugal / University of Brescia);
  • Planning in the Wake of Austerity Urbanism: Re-thinking the Role of Planning in Urban Governance (Mike Raco, UCL and Federico Savini,
  • Governing Experimental Spaces of Urban Transition (Mike Hodson, The University of Manchester, James Evans, The University of Manchester, Kes McCormick University of Lund).


RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014

The following sessions were (co) sponsored by PERG:

  • ‘The Changing Nature of Governance and the Implications of Local Change: Coregulation in Planning’ (1 session)
  • ‘Neighbourhood Planning in England: the contested politics of localism and coproduction’ (2 sessions);
  • ‘Addressing climate change through gender equity and equality’ (1 session, GFGRG also sponsoring 1);
  • ‘Coproduction of environmental knowledges: the key to innovative management or a utopian goal?’ (1 session);
  • ‘Entrepreneurship in peri-urban villages: Understanding empowerment and marginalisation in the urbanizing global south’ (0.5 session, DARG and RGRG also sponsoring);
  • Towards a Critical Geography of Sustainability, or, what does sustainability actually do? (2 sessions)’
  • ‘Design as Caring in an Urban World’ (0.5, UGRG also sponsoring);
  • ‘Hazards and Disasters: Learning, Teaching and Communication’ (HERG with BELGO also sponsoring)


RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2013

PERG nominated 5 research group guests for the 2013 conference, each for one day:

  • Ron Welters (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Juliet Davis (Welsh School of Architecture), session title: ‘Olympic Legacies and Sustainable Urban Development’.
  • Daniel Laven (Mid-Sweden University), session title: ‘The Future of Heritage as Climates Change’.
  • Shubhra Gururani (York University), session title: ‘Ecological Citizenships in the Global South’.
  • Lenneke Kuijer (TU Delft), session title: ‘Researching Practices for Sustainability’.

PERG also (co)sponsored the following sessions:

  • Climate Change, Resource Conflicts and Social Justice (1&2) (Co-sponsored with PolGRGR and GJRG);
  • Ecological Citizenships in the Global South? Re-imagining rights, justice and democracy in an era of neoliberal urbanization (1&2);
  • Governing Practices for Sustainability (1, 2, 3&4);
  • Olympic Legacies and Sustainable Urban Development (1&2);
  • Researching Practices for Sustainability: Exploring new (and old) methodological frontiers (1&2);
  • The Future of Heritage as Climates Change (1&2).


RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2012

  • Planning Smarter Places Gordon MacLeod (Durham University), Rob Krueger (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) and Vlad Mykhnenko (University of Birmingham)
  • Governance of urban environmental risk in the global south Gina Ziervogel (University of Cape Town) and Mark Pelling (Kings College London)
  • Resilience, security and hazards: Meeting the challenge of engaging communities in flood risk management Lindsey McEwen and Owain Jones (University of West of England)
  • Neighbourhood-working, localism and the Coalition government: Emergent critical approaches Gavin Parker (University of Reading), Mike Raco (UCL) and Emma Street, (University of Reading)
  • Do ‘good lives’ have to cost the earth? : Well-being, sustainability and security Ioan Fazey, Colin Hunter and Louise Reid (University of St Andrews)
  • Urban Planning, Land and Conflict North and South Nina Gribat (University of Stuttgart), Margo Huxley (University of Sheffield) and Melanie Lombard (University of Manchester)
  • Community and Transition: narratives towards low carbon futures Gerald Aiken and Sara Fuller (Durham University)
  • The Geographies of the Green Economy Ian Bailey and Federico Caprotti (Plymouth University)