AGC Conference: 2018 Quebec Canada



When: August 6th -10th, 2018
Where: 2018 IGU Regional Conference  Quebec City, Quebec Canada
Abstract Submissions: See info at bottom of page
The International Geographical Union Applied Geography Commission invite you to submit abstracts to be considered for an organized session(s) for the upcoming IGU-CAG Conference in Quebec City from August 6th – 10th, 2018. The IGU-CAG Conference theme is “Appreciating Difference” and as is the tradition of the Applied Geography Commission we welcome submissions in the broad area of Applied Spatial Analysis and Planning.

The Applied Geography Commission meeting is being held in conjunction with the IGU-CAG Conference so all participants must follow these guidelines on abstract submissions:

  • Submission of abstracts deadline: March 15th
  • Before submitting an abstract, you must register online, pay all fees and receive your abstract submission code at:
  • All abstract submissions must be made through the IGU-CAG-NCGE Online Submission Platform:
  • A dropdown menu is available at the time of abstract submittal under the Regeistration/Submission Tab. Each Applied Geography Commission participant must choose C.1 Applied Geography C1 SP100 Open Session/Session Ouverte from the dropdown menu.
  • In order to keep the conference inclusive, participants may appear as the author of only one individual paper, and may appear as session organizer for no more than one session.
  • Abstacts may be submitted in English or French, the official languages of the conference.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. The abstract must describe the object of study, research problem, methods, and conclusions.
  • By submitting an abstract, you grant to the conference organizers the right to publish your abstract in the conference abstracts and distribute it electronically.
  • All abstracts are due by 15 March 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. No exceptions will be made after this date. After March 15, 2018, all abstracts will be made electronically accessible to the evaluation committees of each IGU Commission, CAG Study Group or NCGE for review and integration into a final program for the 2018 conference.


Papers presented at this conference as well as the 2017 meetings in Brisbane, Australia will be considered for publication in a special themed issue of the journal Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. The Applied Geography Commission to organize social events and tour during the course of the conference. Details will be forthcoming.

AGC Conference: 2017 Brisbane Australia

AGC Conference: 2017 Brisbane Australia

Applied Geography Commission: Geography Counts

When: July 11-14, 2017
Where: The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia
Abstract Submissions: See info at bottom of page
Cost: Standard: AUD$750; Student AUD$500

“On behalf of the entire local organizing committee, I would like to cordially welcome participants to the 2017 the Applied Geography Commission conference in collaboration with the  Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) in Brisbane. This year’s conference is being hosted by The University of Queensland on the St Lucia campus. We would also like to recognize those from University of the Sunshine Coast, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and Central Queensland University for their input.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Geography Counts’, stressing the role of geography in informing policy from a holistic, global perspective. We also would like to stress the breadth of the discipline, and welcome participation across all sub-disciplines, and from those using a diversity of methodologies. The committee also welcomes your input on anything we can do to make the conference better, and to encourage alternative disciplinary perspectives wherever we can. The diversity of keynote speakers (to be announced shortly) reflects this, and we hope that both geographers and non-geographers from Australasia and beyond attend and contribute. We look forward to seeing you in July in Brisbane!”

Dr Thomas Sigler


For detailed information on registration please go to: 

Geography Counts – Website


Abstract submissions: These will open in late February.

1.       From the home page: (

2.       Click “Programme” > “Call for Abstracts”

3.       Click “Submit Abstract”

4.       Create a “New Account” and sign in

5.       Under “Abstract submission” Click “Theme” and in the dropdown list select “Applied Geography Commission”

6.       Complete remaining author details, enter your abstract and “Submit”

Activities: There will be a variety of exciting opportunities to explore the Brisbane area and beyond – more details on the various fieldtrips to follow shortly!

More Info: If you would like additional info please contact our local organizer – Jonathan Corcoran

AGIGU Conference: Rhodes 2016


Sunday May 8th

11.00 Coffee and registration

12.30 Lunch

13.50 Welcome and introduction
Graham Clarke, University of Leeds

Chair: John Lombard (Old Dominion University)

  • Evaluation and mapping of scenic roads in Israel
    Dor Friedman and Eliahu Stern (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  • Big data analytics for geographical analysis of island economies
    Dimitris Kavroudakis (University of the Aegean)
  • Exploring land use and urban structure in Southern Brazil using accessibility and centrality measures
    Marcus Saraiva and Joana Barros (Birkbeck, University of London)

15.30 Tea/Coffee

Chair: Martin Clarke (University of Leeds)

  • Refining spatial interaction models to incorporate time-of-day in the grocery sector using observed consumer trading for West Yorkshire, UK.
    Tom Waddington, Graham Clarke, Martin Clarke, Andy Newing (University of Leeds)
  • Spatial Vulnerability of Retail Centres to Online Consumption through a Framework of e-Resilience
    Les Dolega (University of Liverpool)
  • Using loyalty card data to find the best store location techniques for the convenience market
    Nick Hood, Graham Clarke, Martin Clarke (University of Leeds)
  • Developing a small-area classification of built environment characteristics: relationships with socio-economic classifications
    Alexandros Alexiou, Alexander Singleton (University of Liverpool)

17.30 End

19.00 Dinner (free for those with full conference package)

Monday May 9th

Chair: Eli Stern (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

  • Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River: Strategic Plan 2050
    Shlomo Hasson, Department of Geography and the Shasha Center for Strategic Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Spatial Analysis of Hajj Tweets, 2015
    Ramze A. Elzahrany 1, Ibrahim A. Alkhaldy 2*, Khaled S. Alqahtani3
    (1)Geography Department, College of Social Sciences & The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute For Hajj and Umrah Research, Umm Al-Qura University. Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (2) The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute For Hajj and Umrah Research, Umm Al-Qura University. Makkah, Saudi Arabia.(3)Transportation and Crowd Management Center of Research Excellence, Umm Al-Qura University. Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Spatial overlap of economic development policy of US states and sub-regions: conflict, coordination or coopertition?
    Jon Lombard (Old Dominion University)

11.00 Tea/coffee

Chair Lex Comber (University of Leeds)

  • Modelling Spatial Heterogeneity with Big Data
    Martin Charlton and Chris Brunsdon (National University Ireland, Maynooth)


12.45 Lunch
14.00 Afternoon excursion followed by dinner (free for those with full conference package)

Wednesday May 10th

Chair: Robert Stimson (University of Melbourne)

  • Prediction of Individual Socio-Economic Attribute Combinations From Mobile Phone Data
    Andrew Bwambale, Charisma F. Choudhury, Stephane Hess (Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds)
  • How far do internal migrants really move? A new method for the estimation of migration distance
    John Stillwell (University of Leeds) and Michael Thomas (University of Groningen)
  • Unveiling Important Spatio-Temporal Transit Pathways using a Graph-based Trajectory Approach.
    Jon Corcoran (University of Brisbane)

11.00 Tea/coffee

Chair Jon Corcoran (University of Brisbane)

  • Developing Trip Generation Models Using Mobile Phone Data
    Charisma Choudhury, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK, Md. Shahadat Iqbal, Department of Civil Engineering, Florida International University, USA
  • Imputation of Urban Movement Patterns with Big Data
    Eusebio Odiari, Mark Birkin, Susan Grant-Muller and Nick Malleson (University of Leeds)
  • Evaluating Public Transport Data Processing and Analysis: Smart Card Trip Data for South-East Queensland, Australia
    John Tasker, Yan Liu (University of Brisbane)

13.00 Lunch
14.00 BIG DATA and health geography
Chair: Graham Clarke (University of Leeds)

  • Using big health data to explore transport accessibility to hospital appointments Charlotte Kelly, Graham Clarke, Claire Hulme and Tracey Farragher (University of Leeds)
  • Modelling optimal location and potential demand for a retirement village development
    Robert Stimson and T-K Shyy (University of Melbourne)
  • Analysis of spatial inequalities in public health prescriptions and anti-biotic resistance risk: current trends and future projections
    Alexis Comber, Michelle Morris, Mark Birkin and Paul Norman (University of Leeds)
  • Exploring the geography of happiness and well-being in Europe amid times of austerity
    Ilias Thanis (University of Macedonia), Dimitris Ballas (University of Sheffield and University of the Aegean) and Lois Labrianidis (University of Macedonia)

15.30 Tea/coffee
16.00 Big data, energy and the environment
Chair: Mike Mann (Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, Washington)

  • The Earthquake Impact on Telecommunications Infrastructure in Nepal: A Preliminary Spatial Assessment,
    Jitendra Parajuli and Kingsley E. Haynes (George Mason University)
  • Detecting beaches and popularities based on Flickr and Openstreetmap, a data-driven approach based on Spark
    Xiaolu Zhou, (Georgia Southern University)
  • The use of Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to estimate the frequency of electricity outages for Maharashtra India for 2015
    Mike Mann (Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, Washington)

17.30 End

19.30 Conference dinner (free for those with full conference package)

Rhodes Conference 2016

Rhodes Conference 2016

Online registration is now open for the IGU Applied Geography 2016 meeting, taking place in Rhodes, Greece: May 8th to 11th   

The event will be taking place at Sheraton Rhodes resort.

Use this link to book a place on the conference.  The preliminary programme for the conference is attached – if you notice anything that needs to be changed, do let me know.

Accommodation has been offered by the Sheraton Rhodes resort at a preferential rate, available until 14thApril.  This can be booked here.

Conference schedule: View or Download



Another great conference – In review



Featured Presentations



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.