Care & The Academy- 10th May 2019

The Developing Areas Research Group (DARG) and the Gender & Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG) invite you to work with us to improve policy and practice for care and academic work. We invite  both physical and human geographers, all genders, to join us at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) on May 10th 2019 to develop best practice guidelines for funders, in regards to balancing care responsibilities with fieldwork and parental leave. There will be time to broaden our scope and identify further initiatives, depending on discussions over the day. 

Full details can be found on our websites but, in brief, over three focused sessions we will develop best-practice guidelines and policy recommendations for funding bodies. The three sessions will cover:

·      seeking explicit and clear guidelines for funding the cost of children’s travel and care during fieldwork.

·      to secure parental leave for post-doctoral researchers and research fellows, for example rather than the current situation of reduced research time for many women because of maternity leave.

·      to discuss other dynamics of care and academia, for example best practice on flexible working for men.

This day is focused on developing guidelines collectively, which DARG and GFGR will then approach funding bodies with. However, we will organize a follow-up (and discussion-based) session for the 2019 RGS-IBG Annual Conference – building on work done by DARG and by Dr Claire Hann and Dr Jennie Middleton, University of Oxford. 

This workshop will be on May 10th and run from 10am-4pm. Lunch will be provided. We have a number of bursaries to cover travel costs for those on temporary contracts. If interested in attending, please contact Jessica Hope ( and Rosie Cox (