News from the Commission
Calls, Conferences, and workshops organized by the Research Methods Commission
Methods in geography series /a virtual roundtable /january 24th 12.30-14.00 (GMT)
MOBILIZING GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH METHODS IN TIMES OF COVID-19
How has geographical research transformed during the pandemic?
Jessica Finlay | University of Colorado (USA)
Moses Okech | Makerere University (Uganda)
Zhiwen Gao | East China Normal University (China)
Lotem Robins | Bar Ilan University (Israel)
Discussants: Chiara Giubilaro and Dan Malkinson
The virtual roundtable will include reflections on research methods from guest speakers, specifically on strategies utilized with the advent of the recent pandemic and how this has been navigated in different global contexts and areas of the discipline. There will then be an open discussion on lessons and legacies of mobilizing geographical research methods from this period and how they might inform future practices.
IGU Centennial congress | keynote session july 18th 12.30-14.15 (GMT+2)
Time for Methods | Keynote Session
Raul Pacheco Vega on “Expanding Methodological Discussions in Geography: Mixed Methods and the Future of the Discipline”
Discussants: Meghan Cope and Faith Njoki Karanja
Methodological discussions in geography have recently been brought back to the global fore because of debates within the discipline around decolonizing knowledge, advancing equity and diversity, and expanding the suite of research methods available to geographers. Artificial divides between quantitative and qualitative methods have erected barriers for interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and intra-discipline collaborations. In this keynote talk, I will discuss the importance of mixed methods not only as a paradigmatic shift but also as a foundation for the implementation of more ethical research methods in geographical projects. I will share my philosophical approach to mixed methods using an example from a 5 year-long, inter-institutional, cross- disciplinary, multi-sited project focused on the study of water conflicts in Mexico. I outline five principles for the implementation of mixed methods not only from a pragmatic viewpoint but also from a paradigmatic one, where an ethics of care for communities under study is the backbone of sound, rigorous and robust research.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 27 may 2022
Recruiting: Two New Steering Committee Members on the “Research Methods in Geography” Commission
The “Research Methods in Geography” Commission is looking to recruit two new Steering Committee Members. The Commission on Research Methods in Geography of the International Geographic Union is an active group of geographers that was established in 2020 to promote an international dialogue on research methods as a vital tool for advancing geographic knowledge and research practices across different regions, countries and traditions.
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