Awards of the IAG

The IAG makes a number of awards. The most prestigious are the Griffith Taylor Medal, named after the first Professor of Geography in an Australian University, and the Australia-International Medal. The first is for contributions to geography in Australia, while the second is for contributions by Australian geographers to geography world-wide, or by geographers outside Australia to the geography of Australia. Distinguished service to the IAG is recognised by the award of a Distinguished Fellowship, while contributions to the profession of geography are recognised by a Fellowship. The next generation of Australian geographers is recognised by two awards: the IAG Honours Award and the IAG Postgraduate Award. Both awards are based on a paper submitted for publication in the Institute’s journal Geographical Research, reporting on the results of research for an Honours or postgraduate degree at an Australian university. Life Membership is the final award that the Institute can confer on members. Until 2007 the Institute also had a Professional Service Award, but this has now been incorporated into the Distinguished Fellowship.

Members are invited to nominate their esteemed colleagues for the following awards:

 

  • The GRIFFITH TAYLOR Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions to geography in Australia. The next call will be made in 2019.
  • The AUSTRALIA-INTERNATIONAL MEDAL is awarded for outstanding contributions by Australian geographers to geography world-wide, or by geographers outside Australia to the geography of Australia. The next call will be made in 2019.
  • The DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIP OF THE INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHERS (DFIAG) is awarded for distinguished service to Australian geography through furthering the aims of the Institute. The next call will be made in 2019.
  • The FELLOWSHIP OF THE INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHERS (FIAG)  recognizes sustained service to the profession of geography in Australia. The closing date for nominations is Friday 23 November 2018. (Call archived)

Griffith Taylor Medal

The Griffith Taylor Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions to geography in Australia. No more than one medal is to be awarded in each two year period.

Nominations for this award will next be called in 2019.

Award Rules

  • Nominations will be invited in each second year.
  • A full statement (no more than 1000 words) must be made describing the nominee’s suitability for the award. This statement is to be accompanied by the signatures of two proposing financial members and seconded by a further two financial members.
  • Awards will be made by a majority of Council after receiving advice from the President.
  • Nominations for awards are strictly confidential and must not be made known to the nominee.
  • No member shall be informed of their nomination until formally invited by the Institute’s President to accept the award.
  • Please note that the The Griffith Taylor Medal is only awarded every second year.
Recipients of the Griffith Taylor Medal (with link to citation where available)

Australia-International Medal

The Australia-International Medal is awarded in recognition either of outstanding contributions by Australian (or Australia-based) geographers to the advancement of Geography world-wide or of outstanding contributions to the understanding of the geography of Australia by geographers permanently residing outside Australia. No more than one medal is to be awarded each year.

Nominations for this award will next be called in 2019.

Award Rules

  • A full statement (no more than 1000 words) must be made describing the nominee’s suitability for the award. This statement is to be accompanied by the signatures of two proposing financial members and seconded by a further two financial members.
  • Awards will be made by a majority of Council after receiving advice from the President.
  • Nominations for awards are strictly confidential and must not be made known to the nominee.
  • No member shall be informed of their nomination until formally invited by the Institute’s President to accept the award.
Recipients of the Australia-International Medal (with link to citation where available)
  • Professor Janice Monk 1999
  • Professor Reginald Golledge 2000
  • Professor Tom McKnight 2001
  • Emeritus Professor Harold Brookfield 2005 (citation)
  • Emeritus Professor Ian Douglas 2006 (citation)
  • Professor John Connell 2009 (citation)
  • Professor Katherine Gibson and Professor Julie Graham 2010 (citation)
  • Associate Professor Louise Johnson 2011 (citation))
  • Professor Graeme Hugo 2014 (citation)
  • Professor Gordon L. Clark 2015
  • Emeritus Professor R. Gerard Ward 2016 (citation)
  • Professor Richard Howitt 2017 (citation)
  • Professor Mark Wang 2018

Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers

The Distinguished Fellowship is awarded for distinguished service to Australian geography through furthering the aims of the Institute.

Nominations for this award will next be called in 2019.

Award Rules

  • A full statement (no more than 1000 words) must be made describing the nominee’s suitability for the award. This statement is to be accompanied by the signatures of two proposing financial members and seconded by a further two financial members. Awards will be made by a majority of Council after receiving advice from the President.
  • Nominations for awards are strictly confidential and must not be made known to the nominee.
  • No member shall be informed of their nomination until formally invited by the Institute’s President to accept the award.
  • Until 2007 this award was called a Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers, only one of which could be awarded each year.
Recipients of the former Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Professor Murray McCaskill 1989 (citation)
  • Professor Bruce Thom 1992 (citation)
  • Professor John Holmes 1997 (citation)
  • Associate Professor Arthur Conacher 1998 (citation)
  • Mr Laurie Olive 1999
  • Dr Morgan Sant 2001
  • Associate Professor Richard Howitt 2004

Recipients of the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers

Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers (FIAG)

The Fellowship is awarded for sustained service to the geography profession in Australia.

Nominations for this award will next be called in the latter half of 2018.

Award Rules

Applications will be invited in February and July each year. The award of Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers will be made by Council.

Applicants for the award of Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers must have at least ten years membership of the Institute, and must be a current member of the Institute.

Applications should comprise a statement (of no more than 1000 words), accompanied by no more than five pages of a curriculum vitae. In these documents applicants must provide evidence to Council of their contributions to the geography profession with respect to at least one of the following:

a. Meritorious professional employment and/or service as a Geographer

At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree, of which at least five years have involved a position of major responsibility in any aspect of geography (including in industry, government, consultancy, education or community organisation).

b. Significant advances in Geography

At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree, of which at least five have involved research activities that have contributed significantly to Australian geographical knowledge or policy development.

c. Significant contribution to development of Geography

At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree with substantial service to Geography of at least five years at a senior level in a representative and/or administrative role, including for the Institute or for government, industry, academic bodies or professional organisations relevant to Geography or where sustained contribution to the professional development of Geographers can be shown.

Fellows pay the same membership fee as Members, and are entitled to use the postnominal, FIAG.

Recipients of the Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers

  • Professor Iain Hay 2008
  • Associate Professor Tony Sorenson 2008
  • Professor Kay Anderson 2009
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Patrick Armstrong 2009
  • Mr Terry Birtles 2009
  • Professor Bill Boyd 2009
  • Professor Robert Freestone 2009
  • Professor Roy Jones 2009
  • Professor Brian G. Lees 2009
  • Professor Richard Le Heron 2009
  • Emeritus Associate Professor Bob Loughran 2009
  • Professor Pauline McGuirk 2009
  • Professor Phil O’Neill 2009
  • Associate Professor Elaine Stratford 2009
  • Emeritus Professor Murray Wilson 2009
  • Professor Hilary P.M. Winchester 2009
  • Dr Robert Burne 2010
  • Dr Jocelyn Davies 2010
  • Dr Ruth Farmer 2010
  • Ms Julie Kesby 2010
  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Ryan 2010
  • Dr Robin F Warner 2010
  • Associate Professor Neil Argent 2012
  • Dr Hugo Bekle 2012
  • Associate Professor Robyn Dowling 2012
  • Associate Professor Deirdre Dragovich 2012
  • Associate Professor Jim Forrest 2012
  • Professor Chris Gibson 2012
  • Dr Scott Mooney 2012
  • Professor Jim Walmsley 2012
  • Dr Ashley Webb 2012
  • Mr Graham Pascoe 2014
  • Dr Amanda Davies 2017 (citation)

IAG Honours Award

Applicants for the Honours Award are asked to submit a paper to the Editors of Geographical Research based on work undertaken during their Honours Year. The paper should be submitted within two years of their Honours thesis being accepted and must be single authored.

Format and standards for the paper will follow that of journal articles to Geographical Research. The Editor(s) of the journal will have sole discretion as to whether the paper will be published.

The Award will consist of one year IAG membership fees, a cash sum of $500.00 and a certificate.

No more than one award will be made each year. The Institute reserves the right not to make an award in any year.

The Award will be publicised in the first half of each year through a notice in the Institute’s Newsletter, the IAG list, and by email sent to each member who has registered an email address.

Manuscripts must not exceed 6000 words (inclusive of references) and may include not more than six diagrams, maps or photographs together with necessary tables. Manuscripts should be submitted to the editors of Geographical Research, stating that the paper is to be considered for the award. Three copies of the paper should be submitted (which may be in back-to-back format) following the style conventions of Geographical Research (see the page “Instructions for Authors” published in a recent issue of the journal).

The papers will be reviewed independently by at least two referees and considered for publication in the normal way. The editors will judge which paper receives the award although all papers deemed acceptable by the referees and editors will be published in Geographical Research. The designation of high commendation, with a year’s free membership of the Institute, may be given to those submissions which come close to the level of the award winner.

For further details, contact the Editors of Geographical Research.

  • Winners of the IAG Honours Award (with the university where the research was undertaken and the title of their paper published in Australian Geographical Studies or Geographical Research)
  • Ian Rutherfurd (Monash University) 1986
  • Barbara Waterhouse (University of New England) 1988
    Broom (Cytissus scopoarius) at Barrington Tops, New South Wales
  • Russell Drysdale (University of New England) 1991
    Aged migration to coastal and inland centres in NSW
  • Stuart Phinn (University of Queensland) 1992
    Synoptic weather patterns and wave conditions, Surfers Paradise Beach, south-eastern Queensland
  • Nicola Maher (Sydney University) 1993
    Minangkabau migration: developing an ethnic identity in a multicultural society
  • Nicholas Gill (Flinders University) 1994
    The cultural politics of bushfire management: the case of bushfires in a conservation reserve
  • Catriona Larritt (University of Melbourne) 1995
    Taking part in Mutawintji: Aboriginal involvement in Mootwingee National park
  • Sandra Suchet (Macquarie University) 1996
    Nurturing culture through country: resource management strategies and aspirations of landowning families at Napranum
  • Bronwen O’Dwyer (Macquarie University) 1997
    Pathways to homelessness: a comparison of gender and schizophrenia in Inner-Sydney
  • David Marshall (Flinders University) 1998
    Missing the jackpot? The proliferation of gambling in Australia and its effect on local communities
  • Rachel Hughes (University of New England) 1998
    Empire and domestic space in the fiction of Jamaica Kincaid
  • Cathryn E. Ollif (University of New England) 2001
    Can 28 days make a difference? A case study of Community Aid Abroad’s Community leadership program
  • Kristy Owen (University of New South Wales) 2002
    The Sydney 2000 Olympics and urban entrepreneurialism: local variations in urban governance
  • Samantha Muller (Flinders University) 2003
    Towards decolonisation of Australia’s protected area management: the Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area experience
  • Natascha Klocker (University of New South Wales) 2004
    Community antagonism towards asylum seekers in Port Augusta, South Australia
  • Rebecca Lawrence (Macquarie University) 2005
    Governing Warlpiri subjects: Indigenous employment and training programs in the Central Australian mining industry
  • Kim Atherley (University of Western Australia) 2006
    Sport, localism and social capital in rural Western Australia
  • Sarah James (University of Melbourne) 2007
    Constructing the climb: visitor decision-making at Uluru

IAG Postgraduate Award

Applicants for the Postgraduate Paper Award are asked to submit a paper to the Editors of Geographical Research based on work undertaken during their research for a higher degree. The paper could be submitted during the period of enrolment but should not be submitted later than two years after their thesis has been accepted. The paper must be single authored.

Format and standards for the paper will follow that of journal articles to Geographical Research. The Editor(s) of the journal will have sole discretion as to whether the paper will be published.

The Award will consist of one year IAG membership fees, cash sum of $500.00 and a certificate.

No more than one award will be made each year. The Institute reserves the right not to make an award in any year.

The Award will be publicised in the first half of each year through a notice in the Institute’s Newsletter, the IAG list, and by email sent to each member who has registered an email address.

Manuscripts must not exceed 6000 words (inclusive of references) and may include not more than six diagrams, maps or photographs together with necessary tables. Manuscripts should be submitted to the editors of Geographical Research, stating that the paper is to be considered for the award. Three copies of the paper should be submitted (which may be in back-to-back format) following the style conventions of Geographical Research (see the page “Instructions for Authors” published in a recent issue of the journal).

The papers will be reviewed independently by at least two referees and considered for publication in the normal way. The editors will judge which paper receives the award although all papers deemed acceptable by the referees and editors will be published in Geographical Research. The designation of high commendation, with a year’s free membership of the Institute, may be given to those submissions which come close to the level of the award winner.

For further details, contact the Editors of Geographical Research.

Winners of the IAG Postgraduate Award (with the university where the research was undertaken and the title of the paper published in Australian Geographical Studies and Geographical Research)
  • Wendy Shaw (University of Newcastle) 2000
    Ways of whiteness: Harlemising Sydney’s Aboriginal Redfern
  • Cathy Robinson (Australian Defence Force Academy) 2001
    Working towards regional agreements: recent developments in co-operative resource management in Canada’s British Columbia
  • Chris Gibson (University of New South Wales, Sydney) 2002
    Rural transformation and cultural industries: popular music on the New South Wales Far North Coast
  • Julianna Priskin (University of Western Australia) 2003
    Issues and opportunities in planning and managing nature-based tourism in the Central Coast Region of Western Australia
  • Nicholas Gill (Australian Defence Force Academy) 2004
    Politics within and without: the origins and development of a Rangelands Landcare Group
  • Jennifer A. Wang (University of Sydney) 2005
    The changing health care behaviour of the Hmong refugee population in Sydney
  • Bev Clarke (University of Adelaide) 2006
    Australia’s Coastcare Program (1995-2002): its purpose, components and outcomes
  • Gavin Malone (Flinders University) 2007
    Ways of belonging: reconciliation and Adelaide’s public space Indigenous cultural markers
  • Amanda Davies (UNE) 2009
    Understanding local leadership in building the capacity of rural communities in Australia
  • Alanna Kamp (UNSW Sydney) 2010
    Formative geographies of belonging in white Australia: Constructing the national self and other in parliamentary debate, 1901
  • Lisa Guppy (University of Western Australia) Co-author Andrew Shantz 2011
    Groundwater quality in rural Cambodia: Measures and perceptions
  • Emily Callander (University of Sydney) Co-authors Deborah Schofield and Rupendra N. Shresta 2012
    Capacity for freedom – Using a new poverty measure to look at regional differences in living standards within Australia
  • Therese Kenna (University of College Cork) Co-author Deborah Stevenson 2013
    Experiences of ‘community’ in a gated residential estate

Honorary Life Membership

The Council may elect as Honorary members persons who have given distinguished service to the Institute or to furthering the Institute’s objects.

Honorary Life Members of the Institute

(in the early years these were termed Honorary Members)

  • Professor E.S. Hills 1960
  • Dr Philip Law 1960
  • Professor Griffith Taylor 1961
  • Sir Samuel Wadham 1961
  • Dr Paul Siple 1964
  • Sir Archibald Grenfell Price 1967
  • Professor Oskar H.K. Spate 1973
  • Dr J. Jennings 1978
  • Professor Peter Scott 1984
  • Professor Reginald Golledge 1988
  • Professor Alan Tweedie 1988
  • Dr Joe Gentilli 1988
  • Dr Peter Irwin 1988
  • Dr K.W. Thomson 1989
  • Mr Jack Davis 1991
  • Professor Trevor Langford-Smith 1991
  • Professor Robert H.T. Smith 1993
  • Professor Fay Gale 1993
  • Professor Mal Logan 1993
  • Professor Bruce Thom 1996
  • Professor Murray McCaskill 1998
  • Professor Joe Powell 2001
  • Emeritus Professor Harold Brookfield 2006
  • Associate Professor Arthur Conacher 2017
  • Emeritus Professor John Holmes 2017
  • Emeritus Associate Professor Bob Loughran 2017
  • Associate Professor Alaric Maude 2017
  • Emeritus Professor Peter Rimmer 2017
  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Ryan 2017
  • Dr Peter Smailes 2017
  • Emeritus Professor Bob Stimson 2017
  • Emeritus Professor Murray Wilson 2017

Professional Service Award

Until 2007 the IAG had a Professional Service Award, originally called a Professional Service Commendation Award. This award was given in recognition of a distinguished contribution to geographical education or for the advancement of geographical practice in Australia.

Recipients of the Professional Service Award
  • Dr Robert Galloway 1987 (citation)
  • Mr Trevor Plumb 1987 (citation)
  • Dr Don Biddle 1989
  • Dr Deirdre Dragovich 1997 (citation)
  • Dr Alaric Maude 1997 (citation)
  • Dr David Rich 1998 (citation)
  • Dr Elspeth Young 1998 (citation)
  • Professor Margo Huxley 1998 (citation)
  • Dr Bill Jonas 1999
  • Professor Peter Rimmer 2001
  • Associate Professor Blair Badcock 2001
  • Mr Geoff Conolly 2001
  • Dr Joan Hardjono 2002
  • Associate Professor Bill Cooper 2002