Hi all,

For interested postgraduate students.


IAG Pre-conference Post Graduate Day

The Postgraduate Day has been designed as a forum for postgraduate scholars to meet each other and discuss their research prior to the conference proper. The Postgraduate Day will be held at The Australian National University in Canberra on 30 June 2015, the day before the IAG Conference commences.

The morning of the Postgraduate Day will provide scholars with an opportunity to participate in one of two workshops an Urban Geography Study Group Workshop run by Nicole Cook and Sarah James or an Intensive Writing Workshop run by Rae Dufty-Jones.

In Nicole and Sarah’s workshop, scholars in urban geography will be invited to present their current PhD project in small sessions attended by academic mentors who will provide feedback on research design, literature review, interpretation and analysis. Please note, expressions of interest for this workshop need to be emailed to Sarah.James@anu.edu.au as soon as possible.

In Rae’s Intensive writing workshop, postgraduate scholars are invited to bring their draft conference papers to this workshop and use the time and space to begin the process of building these drafts into a document for publication. This 4-hour session will be an interactive session looking at the way in which the benefits of attending and presenting at conferences do not end with the last session but can be used as a productive launching pad for building those initial drafts into a publication. Requirements for this session include: a draft conference paper (for this conference or from a past conference) and either paper and pen(s) or computer (whatever works best for you).

Two consecutive panel sessions will be run in the afternoon. The first, facilitated by Dr Inger Mewburn (a.k.a. ‘The Thesis Whisperer’) will focus on getting a job after the PhD in light of her recent research. Two recent doctoral graduates will then reflect on Inger’s comments in light of their own experiences in entering both academic and non-academic paths.

The second seminar session will focus on ‘research impact’. This session will explore what impact is, whether geographers should aim for ‘impact’ and how to achieve research impact. This session will include reflections from Libby Porter, a geographer from RMIT who identifies as a ‘scholar-activist’; Steve Dovers the head of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU whose research has a strong public policy emphasis; and Nicholas Gill, a geographer at Wollongong with a commitment to community engagement and a former staff member of an environmental NGO. 




Urban Geography Study Group Workshop
Nicole Cook & Sarah James 

Intensive Writing Workshop
Rae Dufty-Jones


Morning tea


Urban Geography Study Group Workshop
Nicole Cook & Sarah James 

Intensive Writing Workshop
Rae Dufty-Jones




Panel discussion: Getting a job after the PhD


Afternoon tea


Panel discussion: Research Impact: what is it, should we have it, how do we do it?

Should you have any questions please contact the conference secretariat via email to iag2015@kaigi.com.au

Sandra Potter
PhD candidate, Fenner School of Environment and Society
The Australian National University