Who are the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group?

The History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG) initiates and fosters the development of research:

  • on the history and philosophy of knowledge in associated fields
  • on contemporary philosophies, theories and methods related to geography

The HPGRG Committee promotes the aims and objectives of the group by:

  • organising and sponsoring academic conferences
  • convening sessions at the Annual Conference of the RGS-IBG
  • subsidising the costs of attendance of postgraduates at its conferences
  • disseminating information about relevant research activities via this website
  • supporting the publication of research monographs, collections and related materials (including a research register)
  • liaising with cognate organisations and disciplines
  • co-ordinating bids to RGS-IBG and other bodies for grants


HPGRG Workshop: 'Using the RGS-IBG Collections and Archives for Research and Teaching'

11.00-16.00, Friday 30th January 2009

RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London

Collections Workshop Flyer (incl. timetable) [PDF: 244Kb]

Following investment by RGS-IBG in 'Opening the Archives', HPGRG and HGRG are pleased to announce a workshop event designed for academic staff wishing to learn more about the collections and archives of the RGS-IBG on Friday 30 January 2009.

The workshop is intended to encourage further use of the RGS-IBG collections and archives, which include manuscript archives, prints and photographs, film, artefacts, maps and other holdings. It is envisaged the workshop will act as a stimulus for future research by academic staff, graduate students and undergraduates. As well as material for historians of geographical knowledge, the collections will support possible research across the entire range of geographical activities.

Interested individuals are requested to REGISTER with Catherine Souch by Monday 12 January 2009. If expressions of interest exceed capacity (twenty), efforts will be made to ensure equitable representation of HE institutions at the event, with the request that participants feed back to interested colleagues and students. A number of modest bursaries will be provided by RGS-IBG to support attendance by those with the highest travel costs.