Welcome to the website home of the Rural Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. Click on the menu items above or the links to the right to explore both the history and current efforts of the group.

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2017 Board Election Call for Nominations

The Rural Geography Specialty Group has several offices that are open for nominations this year and we are seeking motivated individuals that are interested in serving their discipline through the work of the Rural Geography Specialty Group.  Terms are three years in length, with the exception of student representative, which is a two-year position.  You can run for multiple terms as a RGSG officer.  For more information or to be added to the 2017 ballot, please email Secretary/Treasurer, Dawn M. Drake at ddrake4@missouriwestern.edu


You may self-nominate or nominate someone else for the positions below.  Nominations will close at the RGSG Business Meeting at the AAG Annual Meeting in Boston on Friday April 7, 2017 (11:50am-12:50pm in Room 308 of the Hynes Convention Center)


Open Positions:


Director – East Lakes Region


Director – New England and St. Lawrence Valley Region


Director – Southwest Region


Director – Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Region


Student Representative


The Rural Geography Specialty Group promotes research and education related to contemporary rural landscapes, societies, and economies in the developed and developing world. Specialty group members conduct research across an array of topics, including agriculture; land use; environmental governance; population; rural health, crime, and poverty; food systems; indigenous peoples; and rural restructuring processes.


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~Communications Team~

The RGSG Communications team is Allison Brown, Lisa Powell and Ryan Bergstrom. If you are interested in volunteering for this team, please contact the chair, Allison at broccoli1313  at – yahoo.com

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New and Continuing Board Members for AAG Rural Geography

New and Continuing Board Members from the 2015 Election:

Secretary/Treasurer: Dawn M. Drake
Director at Large: Allison Brown
West Lakes Director: Chris Laingen
Pacific Coast Director: Gina Thornburg
Student Representative: Sarah Mason


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Candidates for the 2015 Election to the Board of Directors

Please follow this link for bios of candidates: https://rgsg.wordpress.com/2015-election-for-board-of-directors/

Electronic Ballots to Follow!

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Spring 2015 Newsletter

Please enjoy the RGSG Spring 2015 Newsletter: https://rgsg.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/rgsg_spring2015vfinal.pdf

which contains a Quickguide to RGSG sponsored sessions at the upcoming AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, board election information, U.S. delegates to the Rural Geography Quad Meeting, Networking Update, Humboldt State geographers in the news, recent publications highlighting Rural Geography and Gender, and upcoming conferences and CFPs.

2015 research highlights include:

Michele Bolduc – Navigating the Changing Immigrant Health Care Landscape in Immokalee, Florida

Bill Wetherholt – Exploring Place Attachment in Kansas’ Central Great Plains

Sophie Moore – Ethnographic Fieldwork with the Peasants’ Movement of Papaye (MPP) in Central Haiti

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2015 Awards – Redd Center for Western Studies

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2015 that are available for scholars conducting research related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or/and Wyoming. Please see the descriptions below. Follow the link to https://reddcenter.byu.edu/Pages/Apply-for-an-Award.aspxfor further information and application instructions.  Applications for 2015 are due by 11:59 p.m. MST on March 15.

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Call for Participation: Quadrennial

Global Challenges and Rural Responses

The Eighth Quadrennial Conference of British,

Canadian, and American Rural Geographers
2015 Swansea – Aberystwyth

July 6-12, 2015

For the full announcement, please go to: https://rgsg.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/2015-quadrennial-call-for-applications.pdf

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