• 2017 Graduate Student Paper Award Winners

    Greetings QRSG community!


    We are delighted to share our 2017 QRSG Graduate Student Paper award winners, who were announced at our AAG business meeting in Boston last month.


    We again received a fabulous pool of papers, and were so impressed to see the creative uses of qualitative methods showcased in the work of a very talented group of graduate students. Please join us in congratulating all of writers for their quality submissions, and in recognizing the outstanding work of the MA paper award winner, Shona Loong, and PhD paper award winners, Rachel Baker and Chad N. Steacy!


    QRSG 2017 MA Award: 


    Shona Loong

    MA Candidate, Department of Geography

    National University of Singapore


    Paper Title: “Slow violence in the borderlands: attritional violence, naked labour, and displacement along the Thai-Myanmar border”


    QRSG 2017 PhD Awards:


    Rachael Baker 

    PhD Candidate, Department of Geography

    Canada-US Fulbright Student Researcher

    York University/Wayne State University


    Paper title: “A Lifetime of Grace; a Pedagogy of the City and the Beloved Community in the 21st Century City”


    Chad N. Steacy

    PhD Candidate, Department of Geography

    Researcher, Coweeta Listening Project
    Graduate Fellow, Diversity & Inclusion Project

    University of Georgia


    Paper title: “Geographies of attachment and despair: Evoking the ambivalence of place(ment) through poetic analysis of urban decline” 


    All the best,

    2016-2017 QRSG Board: Dan Trudeau, Jennifer Fluri, Amy Trauger, and Amy Piedalue

  • New RTS Board

    Hi everyone,
    I am very pleased to announce the new RTS board. Michael Clancy has rotated off the board and Elizabeth Vidon will be taking his place on the Secretary and Treasurer team with Piotr Niewiadomski. Steven Ericson has joined the communications team, and considering the increasing significance of social media having three people on this team to keep us up to date and in touch makes sense. Jarkko Saarinen, with connections to the RGS-IBG, is helping to further broaden our international reach as part of the international liaisons team. And, of course, I have now taken over as Chair from Patrick Brouder. Thanks to all for their service the past couple of years!

    We are still in need of a student representative, however. Please send me information for nominations for this role.

    Chair: Jillian Rickly (University of Nottingham)

    Secretary & Treasurer: Piotr Niewiadomski (University of Aberdeen) & Elizabeth Vidon (SUNY-ESF)

    Student Representative: TBA

    Communications: Mary Mostafanezhad (University of Hawai’I at Manoa), Kathleen Seal (Texas State University), & Steven Ericson (University of Alabama)

    International Liaisons: Tometi Gbedema (University of California, Davis), Friedrich Zimmermann (University of Graz, Austria), & Jarkko Saarinen (University of Oulu, Finland)

    Best wishes,

  • EconGeo Analysis Software (in R) Available

    Pierre-Alexandre Ballard is making available EconGeo, a new software (in R) to easily compute a series of indices commonly used in the fields of economic geography, economic complexity, and evolutionary economics to describe the location, distribution, spatial organization, structure, and complexity of economic activities. A short introduction to this R package is available here:

    Abstract: The R statistical software is increasingly used to perform analysis on the spatial distribution of economic activities. It contains state-of-the-art statistical and graphical routines not yet available in other software such as SAS, Stata, or SPSS. R is also free and open-source. Many graduate students and researchers, however, find programming in R either too challenging or end up spending a lot of their precious time solving trivial programming tasks. This paper is a simple introduction on how to do economic geography in R using the EconGeo package (Balland, 2017). Users do not need extensive programming skills to use it. EconGeo allows to easily compute a series of indices commonly used in the fields of economic geography, economic complexity, and evolutionary economics to describe the location, distribution, spatial organization, structure, and complexity of economic activities. Functions include basic spatial indicators such as the location quotient, the Krugman specialization index, the Herfindahl or the Shannon entropy indices but also more advanced functions to compute different forms of normalized relatedness between economic activities or network-based measures of economic complexity. By opening and sharing the codes used to compute popular indicators of the spatial distribution of economic activities, one of the goals of this package is to make peer-reviewed empirical studies more reproducible by a large community of researchers.

  • Call to Educators: Teachers Needed to Develop Open Source Classroom Modules

    Fellow GeoMentor Shawn Goulet is developing the TeachOSM for High School project and looking for teachers interested in creating classroom modules. For more information see the program description below. If you are interested in participating contact Shawn at

             TeachOSM for High School

    Project Summary
    The TeachOSM for High School project will provide educators with scale-able OpenStreetMap (OSM) geography-based educational modules developed to integrate with the United States AP Human Geography curriculum.  This project will provide an organized, easy-to-implement format for educators to expose students to an important open source 21st century mapping technology.

    Once completed, these resources will be made available on the TeachOSM site, free of charge in a web-based fashion for use by anyone and will be continually updated by contributors.

    Long-term, it is the intent of this project that an increase in exposure to and contributions from a younger demographic will result in many benefits including

    • an increase in sustained OSM contributors

    • greater accuracy of contributions and

    • innovation within and around the OSM project.

    Call for Educators
    The project is currently being developed by TeachOSM community contributors.  We need interested educators to get involved in the development of the modules to provide feedback, suggestions, content and eventually pilot modules in their classrooms.  The TeachOSM community is fully committed to supporting educators who are interested in integrating OSM in their classrooms with their students.

  • GeoMentor Seeking Certificate Template for GIS Club Activities

    GeoMentor Souyma in San Diego has started an after school GIS club (awesome!) and is looking for a certificate template to use to award students who participate in club activities. If you have one that might be useful or know of other resources, please contact

  • GeoMentors in Utah help with Science Olympiad

    GeoMentor Sam & his co-workers Stacie & Tyler ran the Road Scholar (map reading) event at the Utah Science Olympiad in Salt Lake City! The event tested the ability of middle school and high school students to navigate both a AAA map and a USGS quad map. Students answered 45 questions without cell phones, using only rulers, protractors, and their visual acuity to determine their answers. There were 22 teams that participated with nearly 40 students involved. Congrats to Sam & his co-workers for facilitating such a fun event!

  • Friday Panel: Celebrating Susan Christopherson: A Panel Honoring her Life, Work, and Leadership in E

    Celebrating Susan Christopherson: A Panel Honoring her Life, Work, and Leadership in Economic Geography
    (Sponsored by Economic Geography Specialty Group)

    Friday, April 7, 1:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Room: Room 109, Hynes, Plaza Level (Panel Session)

    Meric Gertler, President and Professor, University of Toronto
    Amy Glasmeier, Professor, MIT
    Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
    Jane Pollard, Professor, Newcastle University
    Katharine Rankin, Professor, University of Toronto
    Michael Storper, Professor, UCLA, LSE, Sciences Po

    Contributions from the following as well as from the audience:
    Gordon Clark, Professor, Oxford University
    Rachel Weber, Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Jennifer Clark, Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology — Event Chair


  • AAG Opening Day in Boston: Physical Geography Symposium

    Please come to the Keynote Session of the 2017 Physical Geography Symposium: 

    Human Environmental Interactions and the Legacy of Karl Butzer in Physical Geography and Beyond

    Wednesday, 4/5/2017, from 4:40 PM - 6:20 PM in Room 302, Hynes Convention Center, Third Level

    Plenary, 15 min: Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach:

    The Legacy of Karl Butzer in Physical Geography and Beyond

    Keynote, 45 min: C Neil Roberts: 

    Good, bad or ugly? Human transformation of the Mediterranean world

    Plenary, 15 min: B. L. Turner II:

    Reflections on Karl W. Butzer's Cultural Ecology

    Timothy Beach
    Tripti Bhattacharya
    Carlos E. Cordova

  • Women in Economic Geography Social Hour on Wednesday, April 5th at the AAG in Boston, MA.

    This is a friendly reminder to please join us for a Women in Economic Geography Social Hour on Wednesday, April 5th at the AAG in Boston, MA. Our goal for this inaugural event is to gather in an informal opportunity to support and bring visibility to women's contributions to economic geography. Our hope is that women-identified economic geographers with diverse interests across the sub-discipline, and at all career stages, will attend.
    This event will take place from 5:30-7:30pm at The Corner Tavern, a short walk from the Hynes Convention Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase. A flyer for the event can be found here: https://sites. womenineconomicgeography/
    Questions? Please submit them HERE.  
    This event is being organized by Renee Tapp (Clark), Emily Rosenman (UBC), Jessa Loomis (Kentucky), and Kelly Kay (LSE/Berkeley).  

  • Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo) Website Launch

    From: Dariusz Wójcik (University of Oxford) 

    We are delighted to announce the launch of, the website of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo).

    It features working papers, blog, job adverts, a dissertation prize announcement, a calendar of events and much more.

    Enjoy and join us on


    FinGeo Executive Committee
    Chair - Dariusz Wójcik (University of Oxford) Secretary - Martin Sokol (Trinity College Dublin) Treasurer - David Bassens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Communications Officer - Ewald Engelen (University of Amsterdam) Deputy Communications Officer - Janelle Knox-Hayes (MIT) Managing Editor - Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven) Deputy Editor - Sabine Dörry (LISER, Luxembourg) Events Coordinators - Karen Lai (National University of Singapore) and Fenghua Pan (Beijing Normal University)

    Special thanks go to our Web Architect, Theodor Cojoianu at Oxford!

  • 2017 Economic Geography Specialty Group Student Award Winners

    Dear EGSG Community:

    On behalf of the board of the Economic Geography Specialty Group, I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 EGSG award competitions.

    Congratulations to the award recipients and to all who submitted their work in the student awards competition.

    Graduate Student Research Award:
    Kelsey Johnson, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
    Dissertation Research: Blood money: race and capital in the US blood plasma industry

    Graduate Student Paper Award:
    Thomas Loder, Texas A&M University
    Paper: Homo Dakoticus: The Creation of Energy Citizens in North Dakota

    Dissertation Award:
    Dr. Luis Felipe Alvarez León, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at the USC Price School of Public Policy
    Dissertation Title: Assembling Digital Economies: Geographic Information Markets and Intellectual Property Regimes in the United States and the European Union
    Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles
    Dissertation Co-Chairs: Allen J. Scott and Eric Sheppard

    Please note that the deadline for submissions for next year’s competition will be March 2, 2018.

    Also, the Economic Geography Specialty Group business meeting is scheduled during the AAG meeting on Friday, 4/7/2017, from 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, Second Floor.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone at AAG next week!

    Best regards,

    The EGSG Board:

    Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
    Peter Kedron, Oklahoma State University, USA
    C. Patrick Heidkamp, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
    Harrison Campbell, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA
    Abigail Cooke, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
    Kean Fan Lim, University of Nottingham, UK
    Andrew Hoyt, University of North Texas, USA

  • GPOW Book Celebration

    Hello everyone,

    The Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) specialty group will highlight many important books this year at our annual GPOW book celebration (see the list of nominated books below).

    We have reserved the Fenway Community Center (FCC) for Thursday, April 6th from 7:00-9:00pm. Join us for light snacks and wine!

    The FCC is either a 20 min walk directly down Boylston St. from the convention center (0.9 mi.) or 5 minutes on Bus #55 or a 15-minute taxi ride (due to street direction). It's just behind Fenway Park: Click here to see the map. (1282 Boylston St #123, Boston, MA 02215)

    We are looking forward to seeing you in Boston!
    Warm regards, 
    Ingrid L. Nelson

    Nominated Books:

    Browne, Kath and Gavin Brown (eds.) 2016. Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. London: Routledge.

    Browne, Kath and Eduarda Ferreira (eds.) 2015. Lesbian Geographies: Gender, Place and Power. London: Ashgate.

    Conlon, Deirdre and Nancy Hiemstra (eds.) 2016. Intimate Economies of Immigration Detention: critical perspectives. London: Routledge.

    Fluri, Jennifer L. and Rachel Lehr. 2016. The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and Other American-Afghan Entanglements: Intimate Development, Geopolitics and the Currency of Gender and Grief. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. 

    Hyndman, Jennifer and Wenona Giles. 2017. Refugees in extended exile: living on the edge. London: Routledge.

    Longhurst, Robyn. 2017. Skype: Bodies, Screens, Space. London: Routledge.

    McConnell, Fiona. 2016. Rehearsing the State: The Political Practices of the Tibetan Government-In-Exile. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell. 

    Moss, Pamela and Courtney Donovan (eds.) 2017. Writing Intimacy Into Feminist Geography. Routledge: London.

    Parker, Brenda. 2017. Masculinities and Markets: Raced and Gendered Urban Politics in Milwaukee. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

    Trauger, Amy. 2017. We Want Land to Live! Making Political Space for Food Sovereignty. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

  • Wine Specialty Group Dinner!

    Wine Geographers,
    I cordially invite you to join us at our annual Wine, Beer, and Spirits Specialty Group dinner in the private "Wine Room" at Sonsie, an eclectic international bistro just steps from the Hynes Convention Center.  

    Please RSVP as soon as possible or by April 2nd to Christi Townsend at 

    Since this will be a private dinner, I will need a firm number to give to the restaurant for planning purposes. 

    Hope to see you there!

  • Economic Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting @ AAG

    A Reminder for your AAG calendars:
    The Economic Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting is scheduled on Friday, 4/7/2017, from 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, Second Floor

  • Women in Economic Geography Social Hour on Wednesday, April 5th at the AAG

    Please join us for a Women in Economic Geography Social Hour on Wednesday, April 5th at the AAG in Boston, MA. Our goal for this inaugural event is to gather in an informal opportunity to support and bring visibility to women's contributions to economic geography. Our hope is that women-identified economic geographers with diverse interests across the sub-discipline, and at all career stages, will attend.

    This event will take place from 5:30-7:30pm at The Corner Tavern, a short walk from the Hynes Convention Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase.

    This event is being organized by Renee Tapp (Clark), Emily Rosenman (UBC), Jessa Loomis (Kentucky), and Kelly Kay (LSE/Berkeley).

    Questions? Please submit them HERE.

  • Poster/display for those not attending Boston AAG Meeting

    Dear colleagues,

    In response to the current political climate and specifically the barriers to travel for many AAG members and colleagues, a few of us who plan to attend AAG are working to create a space to visibilize those researchers who are are not able to attend the AAG meeting in Boston due to current US immigration policies. We also want to include those who will not attend for reasons of solidarity with those affected. 

    In brief, we invite anyone who had planned to attend, but for reasons above will not, to email us with (any of) the following information to be displayed on a poster-board or other display format in a prominent location (we are considering poster, zine, table... to be determined) at the April AAG meeting in Boston:

    - Abstract 
    - Session in which you had planned to participate
    - Your Name (if you are willing)
    - Photo or some image to be displayed (feel free also to include scans of handwritten text, drawings, etc).
    - Any brief reflections on your experience of the travel ban/US immigration policies, feelings about not traveling to the conference, impacts on your research, etc. (text, video or audio welcome)

    PLEASE NOTE: If you prefer not to include any of the above identifying information, please indicate so clearly.


    Also, if you are interested in being involved in preparation of the above initiative, have some other similar project in the works, or would like to develop other action ideas for the conference, please also email any of us, below.

    Best wishes,

    Madhumita Dutta (Penn State - 
    Gaja Maestri (Durham -
    Catherine Jampel (Clark -
    Elisa Arond (Clark -

  • RSA Annual Conference 2017 Abstract Deadline March 13

    the Great Regional Awakening: New Directions
    RSA Annual Conference 2017
    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
    4th - 7th June 2017

    In light of unprecedented demand, the deadline for abstract submission and the early bird registration fee for the RSA Annual Conference in Dublin has been extended until Monday 13th March 2017, after this date the higher conference rate will apply. If you are still unsure about attending the conference, you can find more information about the conference/themes/speakers and special sessions here. The conference programme is packed with variety and includes an exceptional list of plenary speakers, two sessions devoted to students and early career researchers and a social programme to foster the high level of networking we are famous for.

    To discover what Dublin and the local area has to offer please click here for some practical and interesting information: 

    To register and submit your abstract click here.

    Please feel free to share with any colleagues who may be interested.

    I look forward to seeing you in Dublin.

    Best wishes


    Lesa Reynolds
    Project Manager – Events & Membership

    Regional Studies Association
    Sussex Innovation Centre |Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SB|United Kingdom
    Direct tel: +44(0)1273-669 017|mobile: +44(0)7917 798600
    Company No 4116288|Charity No 1084165

  • Judges Needed for Los Angeles Event

    Calling GeoMentors in the LA area:  Judges are needed for year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles to select the best projects presented by 1800 students from 80 countries to receive awards totaling $4 million.  The time commitment for judges is a day and a fraction on May 16-17 in the Los Angeles Convention Center, during which time free parking and all meals will be provided.  ISEF itself is a week-long event for its participants, as well as thousands of others invited from all over southern California, but judging, which is the core of the Fair, occupies only the day and a fraction.

    To get a sense of the fair, there's a video that captured the week of ISEF 2016 held in Phoenix in three minutes plus:​
    ​If interested, please contact Chris Gould (Judging Chair, 2017 Intel Los Angeles, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Univ. of Southern California at                           

    ​For complete information on Intel ISEF 2017 in Los Angeles see

  • Educator Seeking Assistance in Washington, DC

    GeoMentors! Brian H. is looking for project help for a GIS class with 6th-8th graders in Washington, DC. Check our online Educator database for his contact info if you think you may be able to assist him!

  • Economic Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting @ AAG

    Economic Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting @ AAG is scheduled on Friday, 4/7/2017, from 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM in Back Bay Ballroom A, Sheraton, Second Floor

  • AAG GPOW Business Meeting Time/Location, Session Sponsorship, Book Event Update and Conference Links

    Dear GPOW members,

    The GPOW business meeting at the AAG in Boston will be on Friday, from 11:50am-1:10pm in the Commonwealth Room in the Sheraton (our request for a change to a lunchtime spot instead of the evening came through this morning).

    If you have not already requested GPOW sponsorship for your session (helps everyone find GPOW sessions in the App/program) and would like to do so, please contact Amy Schubert ( and Amy Piedalue ( before February 20th.

    We are planning to host our GPOW Book Event and will post details about the time/date as soon as we can confirm them. In the meantime, we are still happy to accept book nominations until March 15th (please email Denise Goerisch: - books published between February 2016 and March 2017). If you have contacts in Boston, we welcome suggestions for venues as we are still working on finding a suitable space.

    Finally, I recently emailed the GEOGFEM listserv the following unofficial/personal note:
    In light of everything that's going on right now (Executive Orders, etc.), I also want to highlight that there is a lot of traffic on listservs and it is difficult to keep up and also support loved ones, colleagues, students, friends, and others in crisis at this time. I do not normally post very much on listservs for personal reasons, so I want to apologize if I have been quieter than most. I just want to say on a personal note that I deeply appreciate everyone's efforts and work that I know they are doing in all of the spaces where they are. Please contact me if you need additional support, links to resources or want to connect as we prepare for AAG, and as some consider shifting sessions to the CAG meeting in May/June among many other options being discussed on various listservs right now. The CAG2017 announcement is here: and it is important to note that the Executive Order not only makes it difficult for many to enter the US, but it also means that many are fearful of leaving the US and not being able to return. I also wanted to note the updated and extended call for this Feminist Geography Conference (details and announcements here:


  • ESRI's support of ConnectEd and GeoMentors will continue through 2019!

    "After having invested more than $40 million in ConnectED software donations, curriculum solutions, training, and support for K–12 teachers in the United States, Dangermond pledged in September to continue participating in ConnectED through 2019."

    Follow the link to read more about it!

  • The Conference Preliminary Program is out!

    Paper Sessions for the Wine, Beer, and Spirits Specialty Group are scheduled for WEDNESDAY, April 5th.
    Please note: The business meeting is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 8th. I have contacted the conference to see if we can change it to Wednesday, April 5th to occur between paper sessions (at 10am). I will inform you as soon as I hear from them. Thanks!

  • EGSG Board Election Results

    Dear EGSG members:

    I am pleased to report the results of our recent election.

    Vice Chair/Treasurer (Jan 2017 to Dec 2018) and future Chair (Jan 2019 to Dec 2020):
    Peter Kedron, Oklahoma State University, USA

    At-large board members (Jan 2017 - Dec 2018):
    Abigail Cooke, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
    Kean Fan Lim, University of Nottingham, UK

    Student representative (Jan 2017 – Dec 2017):
    Andrew Hoyt, University of North Texas, USA

    Congratulations to all and thank you again for agreeing to serve.

    And a note of special appreciation for their service to EGSG to our outgoing Chair and board members:

    Chair: Robin Leichenko, Rutgers University, USA
    At-Large Board Member: Anne Bonds, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
    Student Representative: Jessa Loomis, University of Kentucky, USA
    At-Large Board Member now serving as EGSG’s Vice Chair: Peter Kedron

    EGSG’s new leadership joins incumbent board members:
    Chair: Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (Jan 2017 - Dec 2018)

    At-large board members:
    C. Patrick Heidkamp, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
    Harrison Campbell, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA

    Please see the EGSG website for more information about the specialty group:

    Happy New Year!

    Best, Jennifer

  • Remembering Susan Christopherson

    The Economic Geography Specialty Group mourns the loss of Susan Christopherson, an economic geographer and professor of city and regional planning at Cornell University known for her scholarly work and expertise on regional economic development, died December 14, 2016 of cancer.

    In December 2015, the American Association of Geographers announced Christopherson had received its Lifetime Achievement award stating, “The AAG Honors Committee chose to recognize Susan Christopherson for her considerable and long standing contributions to economic geography research, public engagement, teaching, and service. Her work on media, optics, agriculture, renewable energy, and manufacturing has included deep engagement with local economic development authorities to produce research that contributes to spatially and socially balanced economic growth.” In November 2016 Susan also received the Sir Peter Hall Contribution to the Field Award from the Regional Studies Association. In making the award, Professor Ron Martin of Cambridge University said, “Over the years Susan has been a leading beacon in regional development studies, contributing some of the landmark papers in the field, and exerting a formative influence on both the theory and practice of economic geography internationally.”

    A pioneer in her field, Susan Christopherson's work as an economic geographer reflected her commitment to integrating scholarship and public engagement. Her research and teaching focused on economic development, labor markets, and location patterns in new media and film, advanced manufacturing, and resource extraction industries. She coauthored Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy which won the 2009 Regional Studies Association Best Book Award. She published more than 100 articles and policy reports over the course of her career. Susan served as an editor and on the editorial boards of several leading journals (including Economic Geography, the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society, Regional Studies, and the Journal of Economic Geography). She was the editor-in-chief of the Regional Studies Association’s Regions and Cities Book Series.

    In recent years, Christopherson conducted studies on advanced manufacturing in New York’s Southern Tier, the photonics industry in Rochester, the role of universities and colleges in revitalizing the upstate New York economy, and production trends affecting new media industries in New York City. She also focused on unconventional energy extraction and energy sources, analyzing the safety of crude oil transport by rail and the economic consequences of Marcellus shale natural gas drilling.

    Susan Christopherson was born March 20, 1947, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her bachelor's degree in urban studies in 1972 and a master's in geography in 1975. During her early career, Susan worked on such projects as the pioneering Cedar-Riverside "New Town in Town" development on the edge of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. At 23, Susan was hired to write the Environmental Impact Statement for this nationally recognized project.

    From Minnesota, Susan moved to California to continue her studies joining a cohort of graduate students in planning and geography that would shape theory in the field for the next 40 years. She received her doctorate in 1983 from the University of California–Berkeley, and won the AAG's Urban Specialty Group Annual Dissertation Award. During her early academic career Susan worked at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California–San Diego; San Diego State University; and the University of Texas, El Paso. Susan was also a visiting scholar at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in 1984 and the Wissenschaftzentrum Social Science Center in Berlin, Germany in 1991.

    Susan joined the faculty at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1987. She was appointed Chair of Cornell’s Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) in 2014. Susan was the first woman to be promoted to full professor in city and regional planning at Cornell, and the first woman to chair the department in its nearly 80-year history.

    "Her loss will be felt keenly by the many colleagues, students, staff, and friends who knew Susan as a remarkable intellect, a master of so many fields, and a force for good," said Kent Kleinman, Dean of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. "Her academic accomplishments were many, but they hardly sum up this remarkable person who was a whirlwind of creative ideas, hard work, fairness, and grace. She will be sorely missed."

    In lieu of flowers, contributions in Susan's memory can be made out to The Community Foundation of Tompkins County, designating The Susan Christopherson Community Planning Fund. For further information on the fund contact: Jeffrey M. Chusid, 106 W. Sibley Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853 USA. Expressions of condolence to Susan's family may be sent to her sister, Amy, at the following address: Amy Loomis, 6724 49th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142 USA.

    A memorial service celebrating Susan's life and achievements will be held at Cornell University in the Spring of 2017. AAG’s Economic Geography Specialty Group is also organizing a panel at the AAG annual meeting in Boston in April 2017 in honor of Susan’s life and career, entitled: Celebrating Susan Christopherson: A Panel Honoring her Life, Work, and Leadership in Economic Geography. Details on both events are to follow. For those who would like to contribute memories or photos to share at these events, please send those to Jennifer Clark by email at or by mail to School of Public Policy, DM Smith Building, 685 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345 USA.

  • GIS Project Work Sought for Undergrad Student Projects

    GeoMentors! Meredith, a professor in CT, is seeking GIS work from local organizations that students can assist with as their course project to gain practical, problem-solving GIS experience. Have anything you'd like free student help with at your organization? Email

  • Educators Seeking Assistance in Florida

    Calling GeoMentors in Florida! We have 2 new Educators seeking assistance! Lauretta in Oak Park and Dicque in Cocao Beach who specifically wants help with "Teaching GIS to 1st -3rd year students in classroom using ArcMap 10.4.1 workbooks & software". Let's get them the help they need! Contact info in online DB

  • Abstract Deadline November 17th!

    Wine, Beer, and Spirits Geographers,
    If you're thinking about presenting a paper at the AAG meeting in Boston, now is the time to submit your abstract!
    We still have some room in our organized paper sessions. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions.
    I hope to see you in April!

  • Educator Seeking Assistance in Wisconsin

    Calling GeoMentors in Wisconsin! Educator Jill in Superior, WI needs a GIS presenter for their Geography Literacy Night. Contact info in online DB

  • FREE Upcoming UCGIS Webinar about the GeoMentors Program

    Do you enjoy sharing your GIS expertise with others? Looking for community service opportunities for you or your students? Consider becoming a GeoMentor. Join us for this free upcoming webinar to learn more.

    GeoMentors: the Nationwide Effort to Improve K-12 GIS and Geography Education
    Candice Luebbering, Research Geographer from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), will be the presenter for this session.
    Wednesday November 2, 2016. 2-3pm EDT (11am-12pm PDT).

    Register now!

  • GeoMentors Program mentioned in Point of Beginning Magazine

    The GeoMentors program is mentioned in a recent POB magazine article about the growing geospatial market!

  • GeoMentors Article in Directions Magazine

    Great new article about the GeoMentors Program in Directions Magazine, written by Shannon White.

  • SAM website

  • GeoMentor Report from the Field

    Cary worked with High School students and the NRCA to remove invasive species!

  • Editor for Journal of Cultural Geography-Applications are invited

    Applications are invited for the post of Editor for Journal of Cultural Geography (JCG).

    The post is for an initial term of 3 years, starting in January 2017. Please submit applications by October 14, 2016.

    Job Description
    We are seeking an Editor to work collaboratively with the existing Editorial Team, and the Publisher, Routledge, to coordinate the publication process; overseeing all editorial aspects from submission to final publication. The Editor will be supported by the Editorial Board and Routledge, who will in turn co-ordinate the activities of in-house editorial, production, marketing, sales, and distribution staff.

    The Editor will demonstrate vision, leadership, and creativity, and agree to execute the mission of the Journal through soliciting, commissioning, reviewing, and developing articles and other features of the highest quality, and ensuring these are delivered to Routledge to agreed deadlines.

    The successful candidates will have a handover period with the existing Editor. Alyson L. Greiner will be formally stepping down at the end of 2016, by which time the new Editor will be in place.

    Key Tasks
    The tasks to be undertaken will include but are not be limited to:

    Day to day manuscript management including: desk screening of submissions, identifying and inviting suitable reviewers, ensuring timely reviews and recommendations are received; read, summarize and base judgements about acceptance, rejection or Revision on referees’ reports, and communicate this in writing to authors within a reasonable period of time;
    Responsibility for identifying strategies to enhance the quality and reputation of the journal, particularly with relation to its citation levels, and readership/circulation;
    Working with Routledge and the Editorial Board to develop the editorial strategy and direction of the Journal and to act as ambassador for the journal;
    Commissioning special issues and assigning topical Guest Editors;
    Attending conferences relevant to the Journal annually;
    Managing and appointing Editorial Board members in line with the Journal and Routledge’s policies in terms of size, subject specialisms and geographical representation;
    Organising a minimum of one Editorial Board meeting annually, also attended by Routledge.

    Candidate Specification
    Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of scholarship in the context of cultural geography and related subjects, and be actively involved with networks within the field. A passion for communication, some prior experience of editing duties and excellent task, time and line management skills are essential.

    Application Procedure

    Applicants are requested to send an expression of interest, specifically referring to why you believe you are particularly qualified for the role of Editor for Journal of Cultural Geography, and how you see your role in the future development and direction of the Journal (maximum of 2 side of A4). A CV should also be submitted.

    If you wish to discuss the positions informally before applying, please contact the current Editor, Alyson L. Greiner (

    To submit your application, please E-Mail your documents to both Alyson L. Greiner ( and Sarah Bird (, by October 14, 2016.

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