Associate members

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Clare Brooks

Clare Brooks is Professor of Education and Pro-Director, Education at UCL Institute of Education in London. Her background is in geography education: as a former geography teacher in East London, then as a geography educator developing both initial and continuing teacher education programmes at UCL Institute of Education. Her research has been in the area of geography teacher subject identity and subject expertise and more recently on high quality teacher education at scale. Until recently she was Co-Chair of the International Geographical Union Commission for Geography Education, and editor of their book series, and Chair for the UK-based Geography Education Research Collective.

Professor Clare Brooks

Academic profile



Recent publications

Brooks, C. (2021) Initial Teacher Education at Scale Quality Conundrums. Routledge.

Gao, J., Xu, Y., Kitto, E., Bradford, H., & Brooks, C. (2022) Promoting culturally-sensitive teacher agency in Chinese kindergarten teachers: an integrated learning approach. Early Years. doi:10.1080/09575146.2021.1901661

Brooks, C. (2021) Research capacity in initial teacher education: trends in joining the ‘village’. Teaching Education. doi:10.1080/10476210.2020.1862077

Brooks, C. (2021). Teacher identity, professional practice and online social spaces. In N. Walshe and G. Healy (eds), Geography Education in the Digital World: Linking Theory and Practice. London: Routledge, pp.7-16.

Emma Till

Emma is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Winchester, UK. Before joining the university, she worked as a classroom teacher and senior leader in a range of primary schools across South-East England and spent time teaching in South-East Asia. Emma’s research interests are primary teacher identity, geography education and phenomenology. She was awarded her PhD in March 2018 for her thesis entitled ‘Being a geographer: Towards an understanding of Primary Teachers’ Constructs of Subject Specific Identity.’ Emma has worked as a member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCO) and the UK Sub-Committee of the International Geographical Union- Commission for Geography Education (IGU-CGE),to promote geography education both across the UK and internationally. She reviews papers for IRGEE and helped organise the 2015 and 2019 IGU Symposiums in London. She has previously attended and presented her work at IGU conferences in London, Freiburg, Cologne, Singapore, China, Lisbon and Quebec City.

Recent publications

Fargher, M., Mitchell, D. and Till, E. eds (forthcoming, 2021) Recontextualising Geography in Education. London: Springer.

Till, E. (2018). Being a geographer: Towards an understanding of primary teachers’ constructs of subject-specific identity (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Winchester, Winchester, UK.

Till, E. (2020) Fused identities: an exploration of primary teachers’ geographical identities, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 29:1, 74-88, DOI: 10.1080/10382046.2019.1657677

Graham Butt

Grahamis Emeritus Professor in Education, and previously Director of Research, at the School of Education, Oxford Brookes University. He is a founding member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCo). Graham’s research is predominantly in the field of geography education, although he has also published on assessment, teacher workload, and modernisation of the teaching workforce. His books include Modernising Schools (2007, with Helen Gunter), Lesson Planning (3rd edition) (2008), Making Assessment Matter (2010) and, as editor, Geography, Education and the Future (2011), MasterClass in Geography Education (2015) and The Power of Geographical Thinking (2017) (with Clare Brooks and Mary Fargher). His latest monograph, published in 2020, is: Geography Education Research in the UK: retrospect and prospect. The UK Case, Within the Global Context.

Professor Graham Butt

Academic profile

Professor Graham Butt – Oxford Brookes University

Recent publications

Alexander, P Lowenthal, JL, and Butt, G (2020) “Fuck It, Shit Happens (FISH)”: A Social Generations Approach to Understanding Young People’s Imaginings of Life After School in 2016-2017 Journal of Youth Studies 23 (1), 109-126.

Butt, G (2020) Geography Education Research in the UK: retrospect and prospect. The UK Case, within the Global Context. Cham: Springer.

Lowenthal, JL, Alexander, P and Butt, G (2019) Fateful Aspects of Aspiration among Graduates in New York and Los Angeles. International Studies in Sociology of Education. 28, (3-4), 345-361.

Greenway, K, Butt, G and Walthall, H (2019) What is a Theory-Practice Gap? An exploration of the concept.  Nurse Education in Practice. 34,.1-6

Margaret Roberts

Before working as a geography PGCE tutor at the University of Sheffield from 1982-2006, I taught in comprehensive schools in London, Leicestershire and Sheffield and was a member of the Nuffield Foundation Resources for Learning Project. My research interests and publications have focused on the geography curriculum, classroom practice and learning through enquiry. I have been interested in how academic and school geography are influenced by the nature of the questions asked, by the data used to investigate them and in how geographical understanding can be developed through the critical and reflective study of data as evidence. I have explored ways in which students can, with teacher guidance, take an active part in investigating geographical questions and issues, through challenging activities and the use of classroom talk including small group work. I have also examined the extent to which policy documents have influenced classroom practice or could promote enquiry-based learning.  Since my retirement in 2006 I have run courses for geography teachers on ‘Inquiry’ in Singapore, in Hong Kong and in the Netherlands and have been involved in courses in the UK for Eduqas, the Princes Trust, Teach First and a MAT. I have presented my work at conferences in the UK and at International Conferences in Africa, Asia, Australia and many countries in Europe. I have chapters published in German and Italian in handbooks for geography teachers. 

Margaret Roberts MBE

Recent publications

Roberts, M. (2020) ‘Geographical sources in the digital world: disinformation, representation and reliability’, in Walshe, N. and Healey, G. (Eds.) Geographical Education in the digital world: linking theory and practice.  Abingdon: Routledge.

Roberts, M. (2017) ‘Geographical Education is powerful if…’, Teaching Geography, 42(1), 6-9.

Roberts, M. (2015) ‘Critical Thinking and Global Learning’, Teaching Geography, 40(2), 55-59.

Roberts, M. (2014) ‘Powerful knowledge and geographical education’, The Curriculum Journal, 25(2), 187-209.

Roberts, M. (2013) Geography through enquiry. Sheffield: Geographical Association. (also translated into and published in Korean in 2016)

Eleanor Rawling

Eleanor Rawling, MBE, is a former GA President and currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Department of Education. Her recent work focuses on curriculum policy and curriculum change, particularly in relation to geography, and includes acting as lead researcher and writer for the Geographical Association’s initiative A Curriculum Framework for School Geography 2020-22.

She was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Back Medal in 2005 for contributions to geographical education and education policy, particularly because of her Leverhulme funded research study (Changing the Subject; the impact of national policy on school geography 1980-2000, Geographical Association, 2001). Since 2012, Eleanor has undertaken consultancy work for the Department for Education (England), working on National Curriculum, GCSE and A level geography, and also for the Welsh Assembly on the Donaldson Review of the Curriculum. Eleanor has also extended her research and writing into the study of place and landscape, authoring a publication about poetry and place (2011) and several recent articles and chapters about place in school geography.

Eleanor Rawling MBE

Academic Profile



Recent Publications

Geographical Association (2022) A Framework for the School Geography Curriculum, Sheffield, Geographical Association (Rawling, E. lead researcher and writer).

Rawling, E. (2020) How and Why National Curriculum Frameworks are Failing Geography, Geography, 105(2), 69-77.

Rawling, E. (2016) Place in Geography: Change and Challenge in D. Lambert and M. Jones (eds.), Debates in Geography Education 2nd edition. London, Routledge.

Rawling, E. (2015) Curriculum Reform and Examination Change for Geography 14-19, Geography, 100(3), 164-168.

Rawling, E. (2001) Changing the Subject; the impact of national policy on school geography 1980-Geographical Association, Sheffield.

Mary Fargher

Mary is a Lecturer in Geography Education and MA Education (Geography) Programme Route Leader at the Institute of Education, University College London. Before joining the university, she worked as a geography teacher and middle leader in a range of secondary schools and sixth form colleges. Mary’s main research interest is the role of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and other geospatial technologies in constructing knowledge in geography education. She is currently working with web-based GIS applications to design geography curriculum artefacts.

Mary is an Associate Member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCO)/UK IGU-CGE where her contributions have focused in leading the organisation of  the ‘London Conferences’  in 2015 with Clare Brooks on ‘The Power of Geographical Thinking’ and in 2019 on ‘Recontextualising Geography in Education’. Mary reviews papers for IRGEE. Most recently she has presented papers at the International Cartographic Conference in Tokyo in 2019, the International Society of Digital Earth Conference in Florence in 2019 and at IGU CGE in Quebec in 2018.

Recent Publications

Fargher, M., Mitchell, D., & Till, E. (2021) Recontextualising geography in education. Switzerland: Springer.

Fargher, M., & Healy, G. (2020). Empowering geography teachers and students with geographical knowledge:epistemic access through GIS. In N. Walshe, G. Healy (Eds.), Geography education in the digital world: Linking theory and practice. Routledge.

Fargher, M. (2019). GIS maps as powerful curriculum artefacts. Proceedings of the International Cartographic Association, 2, 2019.. Copernicus Publications. doi:10.5194/ica-proc-2-29-2019