PERG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Friday 10th September 2021

The PERG AGM will be held online via Zoom on Friday 10th September at 13:30 – 14:30 BST.

Anyone is welcome to attend this open meeting to learn about the work of PERG and contribute to its activities.

The AGM will be held online via Zoom. Please register your place at the following secure link:

The agenda and chair’s report will be circulated a couple of days before the meeting to all those registered.

Committee position: We have committee positions available for up to two postgraduate representatives and also ordinary members of the committee. Nominations (a proposer and seconder) should be e-mailed to by 09:00 BST on Friday 10th September.

Encl. PERG Chair’s Report 2020-21


RGS Planning Environment Research Group (PERG) and Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG) Workshop

‘Winning the grant: demystifying the research funding landscape’

Date: Tuesday 7th September 2021

Time (UK): 9:30 – 13:00 (with optional research plans discussions 14:00-15:30)

Online, via Zoom

Participation is free and open to all who register before the event

Aims of the workshop

Those beginning their academic career face the challenge of identifying and applying for funding to support their research, scholarship and career progression in a number of ways, including post-doctoral fellowships, a first major grant application to a research council or charity, pump priming funds to undertake scoping research, or working on a funding bid as part of an inter-disciplinary team.

Yet the landscape of research funding and the process of writing a high quality grant application can be mystifying and challenging. From the identification of appropriate funding sources, to writing cases for support and impact statements, all the way through to costing a project, this workshop aims to provide a supportive and informative environment to help early career researchers in this important process.

Specifically, the workshop will aim to explore the following main areas:

  • The UK and UK-international funding landscape;
  • Key funding initiatives for planning, environment and energy research;
  • What are grant reviewers and assessors looking for?
  • We’ll also run a series of break out rooms for participants to choose from that will aim to include the following topics (we’ll aim to record them):
  • Developing project ideas: the intellectual ‘spark’;
  • Developing project ideas: working collaboratively with other researchers;
  • Inter-disciplinary working;
  • Working with external partners;
  • Developing pathways to impact;
  • Developing and managing budgets.

We’ll also run optional post-lunch intensive session for participants to outline their research plans in breakout rooms and receive dedicated peer support and advice from successful grant holders.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss developing some post-workshop online ‘coffee and chat’ sessions to continue conversations about bidding for funding.

Outline programme

The workshop will be run online via Zoom and will feature expert guest speakers on a range of themes, break-out interactive sessions, Q&A and the opportunity to discuss your grant writing ideas and challenges in a supportive environment.

The workshop will address these themes in several ways, including:

  • Input from those with a strong track record of grant writing success;
  • Contributions from those working in research support within universities;
  • Insights from research council peer review college members;
  • Optional discussion of participants’ research ideas in small group, intensive discussion groups;
  • Career planning and grant writing.

We expect expert participants will include:

Ray Perrins, Research Development Manager, University of Exeter: extensive of experience of supporting academics to write, cost and submit funding applications.

Dr Rebecca Windemer, Cardiff University: ECR with experience of applying for funding to support academic research.

Professor Gareth Shaw, University of Exeter: extensive experience of grant writing and project leadership.


Registration is free and open to all.

Please register in advance of the event and by 9am on Friday 3rd September.

We will send details of the finalised agenda and a Zoom link to everyone who has registered on Friday 3rd September. To register, use this MS Form link:

Global Change Workshop

7th – 11th February, Chile 2022


PERG AGM – Monday 7th September 2020

The PERG AGM will be held on Monday 7th September between 11:30 and 12:30 BST via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

To register for the AGM, please use the following link. We will send an agenda and reports to all those who have registered one week before the AGM, alongside a link for the Zoom meeting.

Committee position: we have one committee position vacant and open for nominations this year. The role of Secretary has been vacant throughout the last academic year and we invite nominations for the Secretary role. This role provides a great opportunity to have a major input into the group’s work and to liaise with the RGS and our members. Specifically, the role includes: working with the chair to manage the group’s business, preparing meeting papers and recording committee meetings, advertising PERG events and initiatives, liaising with the RGS annual conference organisers about sponsored sessions, and maintaining contact with the PERG membership.

Nominations (two required per nominee) should be sent by e-mail to Stewart Barr ( by 9am on Monday 7th September. Please make sure that if you are nominating someone, they have given permission to be nominated.

PERG Call for session proposals for RGS-IBG Annual Conference, September 2020

The Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG) would like to invite proposals for sponsored sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference to be held in London, Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th September 2020.

PERG welcomes proposals that address the group’s remit of planning, environment and sustainability, as well as sessions that engage directly with the theme of this year’s conference.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Uma Kothari on the theme of borders, borderlands and bordering.

PERG is able to sponsor 12 sessions and we also welcome co-sponsored sessions with other research groups. Each session length is 1 hour and 40mins and in addition to paper-based sessions we also encourage innovative formats to sessions. See all the Conference information here.

Proposals (max 300 words) seeking PERG sponsorship should be sent directly to Stewart Barr (PERG Chair) by no later than Monday 6th January for consideration.

We’ll aim to confirm sessions by the end of that week to enable calls for papers to go out straight afterwards. Finalised sessions need to be submitted to the RGS by the 14th of February.

Call for nominations for the PERG Secretary role

We are currently looking for a new committee member to join as PERG Secretary.

The role:

The secretary’s role is a key and prominent position within the research group, providing regular communications with group members and facilitating all elements of the group’s work.

Specifically, the secretary has the following tasks associated with it:

  • Co-ordinating and recoding committee meetings and AGM’s;
  • Writing an annual report for the AGM and liaising with the Treasurer to submit an annual report to the RGS-IBG;
  • Co-ordinating the group’s call for sessions for the RGS-IBG annual conference;
  • Co-ordinating, with other committee members, additional group events, such as workshops;
  • Co-ordinating the undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation prizes for the group.

We are a large research group and the secretary role provides a great opportunity to get involved in our work and engage with our hundreds of members.

Nomination procedure:

Those wishing to nominate an individual should e-mail Stewart Barr ( with their nominees name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation and a very short (50-100 words) nomination statement. Please only nominate an individual if they have given consent for you to do so.

The deadline to receive nominations (send to is 9am UK time on Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

RGS Planning Environment Research Group (PERG) Workshop

‘Winning the grant: demystifying the research funding landscape’

24-25th April 2019

Cardiff University

Call for participants RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2019

The Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG) would like to announce our 2019 workshop: ‘Winning the grant: demystifying the research funding landscape’

We welcome applications for participation from all early career researchers (from those studying for PhD’s to those within 5 years of obtaining their first permanent academic post).

Environmental Values – Book Review call

The journal Environmental Values is looking for academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate researchers to provide critical academic reviews for the journal (around 1000 words in length). This is an excellent opportunity to engage in an area of research in which you have experience or a research interest. It also counts as an academic publication and can be a great way of showing scholarly engagement in a field.
Below, are the selection of recent publications, which are open to review.

Books available for review_Environmental Values_Nov 18

If you are interested in providing a review for consideration by the journal, please could you contact Dr Ewan Woodley ( for further information.

2017-2018 PERG Postgraduate Dissertation Prize – Call for Submissions

PERG offers an annual postgraduate prize (£100) for the best taught Masters dissertation on any issue relating to environmental issues and their management, policy, politics, planning or governance.

Dissertations should be 20,000 words maximum and should be submitted by the student’s department, along with a copy of the appropriate departmental dissertation regulations and contact details for the student. Each department may not submit more than one entry.

Submissions in electronic format (either Word or pdf files) and queries should be directed to Stephen Axon.

Submissions to: (Stewart Barr, Chair)

Deadline: 11 December 2018

RGS Annual Conference Session Reports

We are documenting the PERG sponsored sessions from the Annual Conference 2018 here.