Rural Quadrenial Call for Participation

Call for Interest

Global Challenges and Rural Responses
The Eighth Quadrennial Conference of British,
Canadian, and American Rural Geographers
2015 Swansea – Aberystwyth
(Provisional dates: July 6-12, 2015)
In the tradition of international collaborative rural geographical endeavors, the RGSG is looking for strong representatives for the U.S. delegation to the 8th Quadrennial British-Canadian-American Conference on Rural Geography in July 2015, to be held in Swansea and Aberystwyth, Wales. We expect to send a delegation of 12 to 15 members. Student presenters are welcome and encouraged. One funded student delegate position will go to the winner of the 2015 student research award, which is described after this call ( For more information on the Student Award, please contact Chris Laingen at

The conference is intensive and allows for high-quality interaction between participants. Attendees will experience sessions in multiple sites in Wales. Relevant rural excursions and free time are part of the conference experience. One of the outputs of the Quadrennial meetings is an edited book, or, as in the case of the 7th Quadrennial meeting, a special edition of the Journal of Rural and Community Development (volume 8, issue 3).

For planning purposes, if you are interested in being considered part of the delegation, please email Jill Clark ( by October 1st, 2014. Please include whether you would be requesting funding. Funding has not been secured. But if funding would make the meeting more accessible, we need a sense of the total amount needed when trying to raise funds. In addition, please include any ideas you have for possible funding sources.

The costs of the conference will be determined by October, but are expected to be about $1000 USD, plus transportation costs to and from Wales. We will share details as they are finalized.

We expect to issue a Call for Applications in October, with an anticipated deadline of December 1st, 2014 and selection of delegates by January 1st, 2015.
Jill K. Clark
Assistant Professor
John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Ohio State University

Proposal Guidelines for the 2014 RGSG Student Research Award
Recipient will be the RGSG’s student representative at the Eighth Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian, and American Rural Geographers, 2015 Swansea – Aberystwyth (Provisional dates: July 6-12, 2015)
Proposal is due no later than Friday, November 21, 2014 (in MS Word format) and should be emailed to Dr. Chris Laingen (, RGSG Awards Director. The recipient of the award will be notified no later than Friday, December 19, 2014.
The proposal should be no longer than 18 pages in length and include the following parts:
1. Cover Page (1 page)
• Project Title
• Student’s Name
• Affiliation
• Contact Information

2. Project Summary (single-spaced, 1 page)
• Intellectual Merit
o What about your project encompasses the potential to advance knowledge?
• Broader Impact
o What about your project encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes?

3. Project Description (double-spaced, not to exceed 15 pages)
• Introduction
• Background / Literature Review
• Objectives of the Study
• Methods
• Results (if available)
• References Cited
• Tentative Timeline / Work-Plan

4. Biographical Sketch (1 page)
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Chris Laingen (, RGSG Awards Director.

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