Call for new committee and Annual General Meeting 2020

Urban Geography Research Group – get involved!

Calling all urban geographers! The RGS-IBG are looking to revive our Urban Geography Research Group and are seeking keen new committee members to take the group forward.

Our Urban Geography Research Group is one of the oldest and largest of the Society’s Research Groups. Spanning the whole of urban geography, in the past it has hosted lively events and discussion, offered a dissertation prize, published book reviews, sponsored sessions and guests at our annual conference, and more.

After a period of reduced activity, we are now looking to relaunch the group this summer. We are seeking enthusiastic urban geographers to join the revived committee.

We are holding an online AGM for the group on Thursday 10 September, running 13.00-15.00 BST, to be chaired by Professor Peter Kraftl (RGS-IBG Honorary Secretary for Research and Higher Education). The main business of the meeting will be 1) to elect a new committee for the group, and 2) to put together a plan of activities for the group for the coming academic year. You can sign up to attend the AGM here.

The following roles are now open for nominations. To be nominated (or to nominate yourself) we need confirmation from the nominee that they are willing to serve if elected, and a short statement (max 75-100 words) on why they would like to take up this role. Please email these to rhed@rgs.org by Tuesday 1 September. For roles marked with an asterisk*, the successful candidate should be a current member of the RGS-IBG, or willing to become so shortly after being elected. Early career researchers are warmly encouraged to stand for available roles except where noted otherwise.

If you have any questions, please do contact us at rhed@rgs.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Chair*

Leads the Research Group, helping to set its agenda and supporting other committee members in their roles. They may also be asked to respond to consultations by the Society on behalf of the group. The Chair should be a more senior scholar.

Secretary*

Supports the Chair, with particular responsibility for organising and minuting the group’s AGM and other meetings.

Treasurer*

Keeps the accounts for the group, ensures payments are made on behalf of the group, and compiles and submits the group’s annual financial reporting.

Membership Secretary

Maintains the group’s membership records, in consultation with the Research and Higher Education team at the Society.

Events and Conferences Officer

Coordinates the group’s activities at annual conference, including sponsorship of sessions and Research Group Guest registration applications. May also organise other events for the group.

Dissertation Prize Coordinator

Coordinates the judging and awarding of prizes for essays and dissertations in line with the Research Group’s policy.

Postgraduate Representative

Promotes postgraduate interests and needs to the wider Research Group and maintains connection with wider postgraduate community through the Postgraduate Forum.

Website and Social Media Officer

Maintains the group’s website and social media channels.

Ordinary Member (up to 3)

Supports the work of the Research Group and provides feedback and input on the Research Group’s activities at Committee meetings.