Geographical Research


Geographical Research is the internationally refereed publication of the IAG. The primary objective of Geographical Research is to advance innovative and high-quality work demonstrating the strengths and diversity of all parts of geography. In this endeavour, the journal supports scholarship from the Institute’s several study groups. The Journal includes (but is not restricted to) academic papers, commentaries, book panels, and book reviews. It is published in February, May, August and November each year by Wiley and is available online at any time.

Geographical Research invites select contributions to ‘Antipodean Perspectives’ by authors recognised as leaders in their subfields. These authors provide high-level reviews of ‘global’ developments in that subfield, and to consider how geographical research and scholarship have added to, and extended, international knowledge conducted in or about the region (embracing Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific). Short papers from practising (professional) geographers, and in geographical education, are also welcome.

Editors appointed by the IAG Council manage the journal.

If you are ready to submit a paper to the journal click here.

As part of your Institute of Australian Geographers membership, you are entitled to online access to Geographical Research through Wiley Online Library. For this access follow the Instructions for online access to Geographical Research for IAG Members.

The Institute of Australian Geographers, Geographical Research journal and Wiley publishers are delighted to announce a new webinar focusing on decolonising the university. We launched the webinar series last year and we encourage your participation in these events.

The details for the 28 April 2022 webinar are below:

Webinar April 2022

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Date and time: 28 April 2022 04:00 PM AEST

Topic: Flood: critical conversations in geography

Description: In 2022, eastern Australia has been subject to extreme floods, including what are being dubbed rain bombs. Needed now is focused attention on the geographical effects of these events and on their implications for geographers. One would be hard pressed to argue against the proposition that, in fact, all aspects of geographical concern are at stake here. Consider the spatial, place-based, mobile, multiscalar, and intersectional implications of these events for health, geomorphology, biogeography, and economic, social, cultural, and political issues not least and not solely among them. In this webinar, a panel will be invited to converse with our audience about flood events and the contributions that geographers have made and can continue to make in response to them. At the same time, responsiveness is necessary but insufficient, so we will also explore what anticipatory work can also be done in terms of theorization, methodological innovation, empirical labours, rapid analysis, and policy advice. The webinar will also, we hope, be of wider interest to all those grappling with disaster, risk, and resilience and with all of the other geographical concerns that are part of that assemblage.

The panel includes:  Brian Cook (University of Melbourne), Emily O’Gorman (Macquarie University), and Jason Alexandra (Alexandra Consulting).


The details for the 31 March 2022 webinar are below:

GR Webinar

Date and time: 31 March 2022 04:00-5:30 PM AEDT

Topic: Decolonising the university from the Antipodes

Description: University capitalism thrives by integrating Indigenous, minoritized and southern peoples and their knowledges into “western” paradigms. That practice disrespects rights to justice and profits from insecure academic labour. In this webinar we invite you to question colonial legacies, destabilise institutional whiteness and share ideas about how we can participate in affirmative thought and practice in ways that lead to just university systems. We are convinced that Antipodean geographers who engage in careful conceptual labour, tread risky ground, and question knowledge systems can advance a decolonial agenda in universities. This webinar follows the publication of a special section on decolonising the university from the Antipodes in Geographical Research. As contributors we sought to drive and strengthen, Indigenous, Southern, Black and Feminist scholarship and voices in research in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ecuador, and India. Together let’s invigorate and refresh the discipline of geography with fearlessness, interdependence, generosity, and collective responsibility to advance decolonial thinking by thinking, feeling, and acting otherwise—it is a struggle!
The panel includes: Michele Lobo (Deakin), Denisse Rodríguez (UniMelb), Vanessa Cavanagh (Wollongong), Haripriya Rangan (UniMelb), Sharon J McLennan (Massey), Margaret Forster (Massey), Richard Howitt (Macquarie), Leanne Holt (Macquarie), Michelle Lea Locke (Western Sydney University), and Robert Anders (UTas).