The 2009 meeting of the Applied Geography Commission, International Geography Union

The Applied Geography Commission will meet during the International Festival of Geography (FIG) which is being held in 2009 in St Die, France, Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October. The FIG is an annual event held in St Die and attracts a huge attendance by members of the general public. It is a wonderful event and one that is ideal for the IGU Applied geography Commission to raise public awareness of the contribution our discipline can make to society.

All formal members of the Applied Geography Commission are requested to attend this meeting and to formally participate in the activities of the FIG.

Antoine Bailly has successfully negotiated with the organizers of the FIG for the formal participation of the Applied Geography Commission in the 2009 FIG. The FIG will host the Commission and pay for accommodation for one night and for meals for the three days during the 2009 FIG. The Commission will subsidize the cost of accommodation for an additional night. Members of the Commission attending the St Die meeting are requested to arrive in St Die during Friday 1 October and to stay in St Die for the Friday night through into Sunday 3 October and to depart during the Sunday.

Those members of the Commission attending the 2009 FIG will be expected to commit to being involved in the following activities:

  1. A meeting of the IGU Applied Geography Commission to be held on the morning of Saturday 2 October. This meeting will be scheduled for approximately one hour.
  2. The Commission will organize a Round Table on ‘Applied Geography and Coastal Development, Tourism and Resource Management’. Brief perspectives will be put by the participating members of the Commission. (Note that this Round Table relates to the theme of the 2009 FIG.)
  3. Each member of the Commission participating in the 2009 FIG will be asked to prepare a presentation to be made at one of the schools in St Die. The presentation is to highlight aspects of the geography of the country from which the member of the Commission comes. (The presentation may be made in either French or English and should be based on a power-point presentation of about 20 minutes maximum. The audience will be members of the general public and should emphasize the role of geographers in addressing key issues facing your country.)

The organizers of the participation of the Applied Geography Commission in th3 2009 FIG are Antoine Bailly (the immediate Past Chair of the Commission) and Bob Stimson (the Current Chair of the Commission).

As a formal member of the IGU Applied Geography Commission you are urged to commit to attending the 2009 Fig in St Die and to agree to participation in the above activities.

Please communicate by email by 31 March 2009 to confirm your agreement to attend St Die, France. Send your email to Kingsley Haynes, the Commission Secretary, email

Once we have received your reply and we know who will be coming to St Die to participate in the Applied Geography Commission meeting and the activities it will be organizing at the 2009 FIG, Antoine Bailly and Bob Stimson will communicate with you regarding the details of your participation.

Your accommodation in St Die for the nights of Friday 1 and Saturday 2 October will be booked by the organizers of the FIG. You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements.

The 2008 Meeting of the Applied Geography Commission, International Geography Union

The 2008 Meeting of the AGC will be held in conjunction with the 2008 IGU Tunis Congress.

At the Tunis Congress, Bob Stimson will become President of the AGC and current President Antoine Bailly will move to the International Advisory Committee.  Secretary Lay Gibson will also step down at the Tunis Congress and move to the International Advisory Committee. A search for his replacement has been initiated.

Tuesday, August 12

Session 1: “Applied Geography and the Entrepreneurial Univertity” published by Brookings Edition, 2008, Antoine Bailly, Lay J. Gibson and Kingsley Haynes (eds). Presentation and discussion on the book.

Session 2: Papers by new members of the Steering Committee of the Applied Geography Commission : Lucinda Fonseca (Portugal), El Hassane Boubekraoui (Marocco), Federico Arenas (Chili), Stéphane Joost (Switzerland).

Wednesday, August 13

Session 3 : Round Table “Which future for Applied Geography ?” with Antoine Bailly Switzerland,( President 2000-2008 of the Commission), Bob Stimson (Australia, (President of the Commission 2008…), Giuliano Bellezza (Director Home of Geography, Roma), Ali Toumi (General Secretary of the Tunisian Geographers Association).

Session 4: Round Table “Which future for Applied Geography? and future program of the Commission.

Learn more about the 2008 Tunis Meeting


Federico Arenas
Instituto de Geografía

Universidad Católica de Chile

La Région du Maule, et son espace côtier, n’est pas épargnée par le processus de concentration urbaine et de baisse de la population rurale si fréquent au Chili. La frange côtière de la Région du Maule est un espace de grand intérêt pour la recherche en géographie appliquée car elle dispose encore de grands espaces qui peuvent faire l’ objet d’une planification préventive.

L’ amélioration de l’autoroute panaméricaine sud et de plusieurs routes régionales, et la proximité relative de la Région Métropolitaine de Santiago, principale aire touristique chilienne (la capitale de la Région du Maule est à peine à trois heures de Santiago) favorisent l’augmentation de la demande en espaces de loisirs et de résidences secondaires. Comme le réseau urbain est organisé le long de l’axe central de la Région, ses centres se transforment en de nouveaux espaces pour des résidences de vacances. La zone d’étude est devenue un véritable laboratoire d’expérimentation pour résoudre les conflits pour l’utilisation de l’espace.

L’objectif principal de la présentation consiste à établir une première image de la dynamique démographique de la zone côtière de la Région du Maule,en identifiant les centres plus dynamiques ainsi que les situations critiques. On analyse également le rythme de croissance des principaux  centres peuplés côtiers, en particulier de l’habitat, tout en étudiant le potentiel des outils d’aménagement territorial existants, pour identifier à partir d’eux, les définitions stratégiques et les nœuds critiques, ainsi que les principaux enjeux territoriaux.

Palabras clave: zona costera, ordenamiento costero, dinámica demográfica
Mots clés: zone côtière, aménagement côtier, dynamique démographiqu

Cette présentation fait partie des travaux du Project FONDECYT Nº 1060745, “Evaluación de la fragilidad ambiental con fines de ordenamiento y planificación territorial en la zona costera de la Región del Maule”.  

The 2007 meeting of the Applied Geography Commission, International Geography Union

The Commission’s 2007 meeting was held in conjunction with the 20th Pacific Regional Science Conference in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, May 6-9, 2007.

Lay Gibson organized and chaired a session with four excellent papers on Monday, May 7th.

Topics in Applied Regional Science Salon F
Chair: Lay Gibson, University of Arizona

  • The Impact of Industrial Specialization on Regional Growth in Australia: A Reassessment, Terry L. Clower and Andrew Beer, University of North Texas

Discussant: Robert Stimson, University of Queensland

  • Making Geographic Findings Matter: Implications for Applied Research and Teaching, Kingsley E. Haynes, George Mason University and Robert J. Stimson, University of Queensland

Discussant: Roger Stough, George Mason University

  • Developing a Large Scale Model to Simulate Growth for the Brisbane-South East Queensland Region, Robert Stimson, Martin Bell, Jonathan Corcoran, Prem Chhetri, David Pullar and Jim Cooper, University of Queensland

Discussant: Kingsley Haynes, George Mason University

  • The Constructionist Perspective in Applied Geography: Evolutionary Analysis with Examples, Antonie Bailly, University of Geneva and Roger Stough, George Mason University

Discussant: Terry L. Clower, University of North Texas

The 2006 Meeting of the Applied Geography Commission, International Geography Union

The 2006 meeting of the AGC was held in conjunction with the IGU’s Regional Congress in Brisbane, Australia. The dates are July 3-7, 2006. The AGC will organize two paper sessions (see 2005 Meeting Announcement above for themes) and a practitioner session.

Tentative arrangements are being made for an AGC field seminar to be convened just prior to the Brisbane Congress. The venue would likely be in a coastal environment near Brisbane that has experienced rapid growth driven by tourism and retirement. The tentative dates are June 30-July 2, 2006.

The 2005 Meeting of the Applied Geography Commission, International Geographical Union

The 2005 meeting of the IGU’s Applied Geography Commission was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC). The NARSC Conference starts on Thursday, November 10 and ends on the evening of Saturday, November 12, 2005. See the NARSC web site for conference registration information and other details (including accommodations). The AGC will organize two paper sessions.

Papers should focus on one of the following themes:

Theme I : Applied Geography in the Geography Curriculum: Issues for Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Geographers in business and government often find themselves making the geography-applied geography connection after they have graduated and are on the job. We have selected this theme because we think that a more effective and efficient approach is to have the applied geography message be an explicit part of the undergraduate and graduate curricula. Among the approaches to be considered are internships; industry case studies; having applied geography themes embedded in “traditional” geography courses; “professional courses” that make explicit the use of geographic concepts and techniques for solving common problems found in government and business; student visits to employing firms and agencies; and campus visits by potential employers and industry allies.

Theme II : Industry Applications

In every region of the World there are success stories – stories that can often best be told by geographers who have successfully made the move from the academy to positions of responsibility and leadership in business and government. In some cases the story involves the move from student status to post university employment. In other cases the success stories involve geographers who have successfully made the jump from professorships to corporate and civic environments.

Our intention here is to celebrate success while exploring the attributes of geographic education that seem to be especially valued by “those who know.” We also want to explore the differences in corporate cultures and value systems that sometimes stand between those in the academy and those in industry and government. Finally, we want to identify and better understand successful partnerships between academic geography, corporate geography and government-based geographic applications.

Theme III. Ethics: Should Applied Geographers be Objective Technocrats? Passionate Advocates? Or Can They be Both?

Give widespread concerns about questionable practices by both corporate and civic officials it is appropriate that the Applied Geography Commission bring this debate to the discipline. Geographers can and have assumed a variety of postures when addressing questions of policy and practice. Are there rules governing those who serve as applied geographers? What have geographers done to assure that they are “credible professionals” and what have they done (or should they do) to avoid conflicts of interest. Does the behavior of geographers who do not work in the civic and corporate sectors have consequences for those who do?