Possibilities of population thinking: histories and futures of Population Geography through reflections on 50 years of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Population Geography Research Group

Nissa Finney*, Kate Botterill, Sophie Cranston, Fran Darlington-Pollock, David McCollum, Sergei Shubin

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Abstract

Reflecting critically on 50 years of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) (RGS-IBG) Population Geography Research Group (PopGRG), and drawing on interviews with leading population geographers of the British Isles, this paper identifies defining features of Population Geography that attest to its longevity: personal connections and material production; fluidity and adaptability over time and through interdisciplinary contexts; and utility, vitality and relevance of the subdiscipline. We argue that continuation of care, material production and nimbleness can sustain the subdiscipline in the context of ongoing neoliberalisation across Higher Education. To remain vital, Population Geography must also decolonise and promote ‘population thinking’ to more boldly and critically attend to contemporary global challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalPopulation, Space and Place
VolumeEarly View
Early online date6 May 2024
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 May 2024

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