Between 2016-202 our goal was "Respecting Difference, Fostering Dialogue". The theme highlighted the continued push that geographers must make to create more space for pluralism, by strengthening comparative work between North and South/East and West, and by increasing collaborative efforts among geographers across international and sub-disciplinary boundaries, as well as generations. Our major achievements were:

1: The establishment of YES! The Gender and Geography Commission’s Young and Early
Career Scholars.

2: The rebranding of our logo, created a new email list, and a new webpage:


3: Publication of eight Commission newsletters (two per year). These list the Commission’s
conferences, events, seminars and workshops, members’ news and publications.


4: Sponsored 10 international and national conferences / seminars and created two
contestable grants for new and emerging scholars to attend the IGC.


5: Published articles, chapters, books, and reports, including themed Gender and Geography
issues of journals. The 2020 publication Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist
Geographies deserves special mention as three out of the five editors are SC members
and most of the 98 contributors are Commission members.


2020-2024 Central Theme

Care, Connection and Change

The theme highlights the need for geographers to consider an ethics and ethos of care due to the ongoing challenges of unequal power dynamics such as sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, and so on. The Commission has a crucial and caring role in fostering mutuality, wellbeing, support and mentoring. This can be achieved by establishing and maintaining strong connections transnationally and across a range of spaces and places. We will focus on instigating positive and transformative change to create geographies of inclusion in the discipline and with communities that we serve. This will be achieved by forging co-productive and critical research collaborations.