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Professor Alastair Owens appointed Vice President of the Geographical Association

On Wednesday 1 September, current Head of School Professor Alastair Owens was appointed Vice President of the Geographical Association.


The Geographical Association (GA) is the leading subject association for teachers of geography in the UK and directly advises the Government and other key stakeholders on curriculum and policy matters and.

Taking up the significant honorary role of Vice President for the GA, Professor Owens will work with others to help shape an organisation that supports geography teachers (across primary, secondary, sixth form and university education settings). The GA publishes resources for students and teachers of Geography, runs conferences and professional development activities, and is an advocate for the discipline leading public debates around the value of a geographical education and perspective.

Speaking of his new appointment, Professor Alastair Owens said:

“The Geographical Association is a remarkable organisation that fosters a strong sense of community among all geographical educators from primary to university levels and advocates nationally for our subject ...  I am very much looking forward to beginning this new role. A geographical education can help us to understand and respond to some of our most pressing global challenges from climate change and economic inequality, to racial and other forms of injustice. Building on a long tradition of Queen Mary Geographers working closely with those who teach Geography in Schools, I am looking forward to working with the GA to build the profile and demonstrate the relevance of studying Geography in our changing world.”

Professor Owens will become President in September 2022 and then Immediate Past President in 2023.


To find out more about The Geographical Association (GA), please visit their website.

To find out more about Professor Alastair Owens, please visit his staff profile page.



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