Governance: IAG Council

The IAG is managed by a Council of officers and members elected at the General Meeting each year. There are six officers: a President and two Vice-Presidents, and a Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and Honorary Membership Secretary. Each President serves a two-year term as Vice-President (President Elect) before becoming President for further two years, and then Vice-President (Immediate Past President) for a final two years. Presidents are not eligible for immediate re-election. There are also four Councillors, at least one of whom must be a postgraduate student. The Editors of Geographical Research and the Newsletter are ex officio members of the Council, as is the Secretary (Web) and Editor (GEOView). There is also a member representing the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association (AGTA). The Council meets two or three times a year.


Associate Professor Beverley Clarke

Associate Professor Robyn Bartel
(President Elect)
Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd
(Immediate Past President)

The current Council comprises (with location and email address in brackets):
President: Associate Professor Beverley Clarke (Flinders University,
Vice-President (President Elect): Associate Professor Robyn Bartel (University of New England,
Vice-President (Immediate Past President): Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd (The University of Melbourne,
Honorary Secretary: Associate Professor Jennifer Carter, School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast,
Honorary Treasurer: Dr Paul McFarland (University of New England,
Honorary Membership Secretary: Dr Tod Jones (Curtin University,
Secretary (Web), Public Officer: Ms Julie Kesby (PO Box 4343 Hawker ACT 2614,
Dr Hugo Bekle
Dr Catherine Phillips (The University of Melbourne,
Dr Meg Sherval (The University of Newcastle,
Postgraduate Rep: Charishma Ratnam (Monash University,

Editors, Geographical Research:

The Journal is managed by Editors appointed by the Council of the Institute:
The Editor-in-Chief for Geographical Research is Professor Elaine Stratford (Tasmania). Associate Editors in the team includes: Professor Steve Turton (Central Queensland University), Dr Danielle Drozdzewski (UNSW). Our Editorial Assistant is Dr Kirstie Petrou, Twitter Account: @GeogResearch. This editorial team represents a wonderful combination of experience, a range of sub-areas within geography, excellent international links, and the potential for ongoing innovation.

Editor, Newsletter Elissa Waters, University of Melbourne (
Editor, GEOView: Professor Steve Turton (Adjunct Professor, Central Queensland University, Cairns,
AGTA Representative: Susan Caldis (Secretary, Australian Geography Teachers’ Association Inc., GTANSW Vice President,