2023 IGU-CGE Conference, Oxford

Commission on Geographical Education of the International Geographical Union

Geography Education for the Anthropocene

The 2023 IGU-CGE International Conference took place at the Department of Education, Oxford, UK from 5th to 7th July 2023 on behalf of the Commission on Geographical Education of the IGU. The conference theme was ‘Geography Education for the Anthropocene’ and provided an important channel for the exchange of knowledge and experiences among researchers.

IGU-CGE 2023 Oxford Conference Programme

Conference highlights included: two full days of conference sessions; two keynote speakers (Professor Peter Kraftl and Dr Amber Murrey); the conference meal at St Anne’s College (Wednesday); and an optional fieldtrip: Uncomfortable Oxford (Friday). There was an optional early career event at 3pm on Tuesday 4 July 2023, organised by Hermione Xin Miao xin.miao@stir.ac.uk.

The conference programme remains available (below) for download.

IGU-CGE 2023 Oxford Conference Venue

Department of Education, University of Oxford

15 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PY

Conference theme: Geography Education for the Anthropocene

Since the turn of the 21st century, the idea of the Anthropocene has become a ubiquitous term to denote in simplest terms, the dominance of human influence on Earth. The Anthropocene is a concept with diverse and contested meanings.  The Anthropocene has profound implications for school geography across curriculum, pedagogy and its broader purpose, all of which are connected to  the experiences, perspectives and futures of children and young people and their communities. The complexity and scale of the Anthropocene places significant demands on teachers of geography and teacher educators, whose research and practice is of critical importance to, and for, young people’s agency and well-being. Through young people globally, geography education has an important role to play in shaping the future and addressing the climate and ecological crises that  have to date characterised the nature of the Anthropocene. We invited contributions exploring geography education for the Anthropocene, such as:

  • The place of the Anthropocene in school geography curricula
  • Connections between the Anthropocene and critical geography education
  • Teaching for the Anthropocene – emotions and affects
  • Pedagogical approaches for the Anthropocene 
  • Teacher professional development for the Anthropocene 
  • Geographies of education and educational spaces for the Anthropocene

Abstract submission and registration have now closed and successful submissions are now part of the conference programme.


Whilst we were not in a position to recommend or endorse any hotels/accommodation, we shared a few options below:

Rooms in Oxford Colleges:


Premier Inn (There are 3 in Oxford; the Westgate is closest to the centre):


Easy Hotel (in Summertown, with good bus service to the centre):


Courtyard by Marriott:


Malmaison (in Oxford Castle’s former prison):