Geographers out of place: institutions, (inter)disciplinarity and identity

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Wainwright, E., Barker, J., Ansell, N., Buckingham, S., Hemming, P. and Smith, F. 2014. Geographers out of place: institutions, (inter)disciplinarity and identity. Area. 46 (4), pp. 410-417. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12126
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TitleGeographers out of place: institutions, (inter)disciplinarity and identity
AuthorsWainwright, E., Barker, J., Ansell, N., Buckingham, S., Hemming, P. and Smith, F.
Abstract

Ten years ago, the decision was taken to close Brunel University’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and its undergraduate programmes. Since this time, most of the human geographers have remained at Brunel, but now work from beyond the boundaries of conventional academic Geography. In this paper we argue that this situation, which is not uncommon for geographers in the UK and elsewhere, has significant implications for both individuals and the discipline more broadly. Through our everyday experiences of interdisciplinary working, this paper reflects on what it means to be a geographer working outside of ‘Geography’. The paper examines the implications of this at three different yet related scales: the immediately personal scale in terms of identity and individual academic performance, the institutional scale and its organisation that can lead to the presence/ absence of academic subject areas, and then finally the disciplinary scale with its attendant spaces of knowledge generation, dissemination and protectionism. Our arguments are framed by neoliberal-led higher education changes and conceptualisations of institutions, (inter)disciplinarity and identity, and point to broader significances for the shape of the discipline.

KeywordsGeography; institutions; interdisciplinarity; identity; higher education
PublisherWiley
JournalArea
ISSN0004-0894
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Online07 Aug 2014
Print01 Dec 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Oct 2018
Accepted01 Aug 2014
Output statusPublished
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wainwright, E. , Barker, J. , Ansell, N. , Buckingham, S. , Hemming, P. and Smith, F. (2014), Geographers out of place. Area, 46: 410-417. doi:10.1111/area.12126, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12126. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions [https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/li...].

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12126
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Web of Science identifierWOS:000345338200007
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