Social and Cultural Geographies of Impact

We are delighted to confirm the line up for two innovative sessions the SCGRG is running on ‘Social and Cultural Geographies of Impact’ at the RGS annual conference Edinburgh 3-5th July 2012.

Sarah Mills, Chris Bear, Amanda Rogers, Rebecca Sandover and Mia Hunt have put together two fantastic sessions which aim to unpack and expand understandings and conceptualizations of impact, generating discussion and debate. These will both run on the Thursday afternoon during the conference.

The first session will host very short, critical ‘impact statements’ (short papers or think pieces) from a range of academic and non-academic participants at AC2012.   We now have a final line up of contributors.  We are delighted to welcome the following people who will be helping us navigate the landscape of ‘impactful’ geographies in higher education and research institutions.

  • Rachel Pain  Impact: a masterful blow or walking hand in hand?
  • Anna Carlsson-Hyslop What is the impact of histories and geographies of science?
  • Katriona Carmichael Outcomes: A view from Scottish Government
  • Catherine Souch/Rita Gardner  Impact and the RGS
  • Jonathan Mendel How bad research might achieve strong REF impact
  • Richard Phillips A Place for Curiosity in the Age of Impact?
  • James Kneale Accidental Impact
  • Jennifer Turner Impact for postgraduates: in search of the Holy Grail?
  • Lakhbir Jassal Deadly Impact: The Construction of Expertise and Responsibility
  • Ruth Wolstenholme Brokering knowledge for a broad audience
  • Penny Woolnough Policing Research and the Geographies of Missing People
  • Hannah Macpherson The Work of Disabled Artists and its Potential ‘Impact’
  • Jenny Pickerill Impacting who, when, and for whose gain?
  • Deirdre Conlon Reflections on the politics of ‘retaking impact proposals’
  • Lucy Veale The AHRC Landscape and Environment ProgrammeDirector’s Impact Fellowship
  • Ian Cook, et al. Making is connecting:’s shopping bags

The second session will develop discussion from these statements, exploring the ‘impact of impact’ through a series of postcard prompt questions.  Small group discussions will tackle such questions as: What is ‘impact’?  How do we evidence ‘impact’?  How do those outside the academy understand ‘impact’?  What are the stakes of ‘impact’ for postgraduates? Please bring along your questions concerns and comments.