Qualitative Research in Geography Specialty Group


QRSG Newsletter

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News and Announcements

2013 AAG Conference, Los Angeles, CA

See what’s on in April 2013

2012 AAG Conference, New York NY

Minutes: Click here

2011 AAG Conference, Seattle WA

Minutes: Click here

 Co-Chairs and Board Members

2010 AAG Conference, Washington DC

Check out the Spring 2010 Newsletter (right-hand frame) for information about our 10th Anniversary activities.

2009 AAG Conference, Las Vegas

Congratulations to our student research enhancement award winners!
Master’s Degree – Kate Skaggs
Ph.D. - Celia (Luna) Vives-González
and Joomi Lee

Click here for the minutes of the 2009 business meeting (PDF)

Click here for a PDF of the QRSG-sponsored sessions at the AAG meetings in Las Vegas.

2008 AAG Conference, Boston

QRSG Student Research Grants were awarded to:
Ph.D. students Jess Bier and Kevin Ramsey ($500 each) and MA student Jason Young ($250).
Congratulations to all!

2007 AAG Conference, San Francisco

Minutes: Click Here

2006 AAG Conference, Chicago

Sponsorship: The QRSG sponsored 23 sessions this year.

Minutes: Click Here

2005 AAG Conference, Denver

QRSG Business Meeting Minutes: Click Here

Notes on Writing Proposals and Finding Funding for Qualitative Research in Geography, courtesy of David Butz. Click HERE

Student Competitions:

Look for information about the 2012 Student Research Grant competition coming in late fall.

Useful Links

QRSG Listserve

Listserve - click here for instructions on subscribing to the QRSG list

Qualitative Research  Bibliography 

We need updated contributions for the QRSG bibliography! Please e-mail to mcopeATuvmDOTedu


Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods - a project of the American Political Science Association

QualPage - a resource clearinghouse on qualitative research

Do you have a favorite qualitative research site? Please e-mail suggested qualitative research resources (e.g. websites, reviews, etc.) to mcopeATuvmDOTedu

Relevant Journals           
(We need some suggestions here too!)


Please see the right-hand corner for our latest!

Previous Newsletters  

Our Mission: To promote the use and understanding of qualitative research approaches, methods, and tools for purposes of education, research, and public service in the discipline of geography.  The group is to work closely with other specialty groups to promote common interests and develop intra-disciplinary projects.  The group is further charged with bridging the perceived gap between quantitative and qualitative research through dialogue, debate, and establishment of common ground for the purpose of enhancing rigorous research across the spectrum.

2013 Student Research Enhancement Grant: Request for Proposals

Due Date: April 1, 2013

The QRSG will make an award of up to $500 to support a student who is developing a research project from a qualitative methodology perspective. Both Master's-level and PhD research proposals are welcome and will be judged compared to others submitted at each respective degree level. The committee reserves the option of making multiple awards or none at all, but normally an effort is made to support all of the top proposals. Students may propose research to be conducted anytime through March, 2014.  The QRSG will consider research proposals on any subject of geographic inquiry as long as proposals a) clearly indicate the proposed research topic and aims and b) effectively approach such research problem and research question(s) from a qualitative perspective. Proposals should clearly demonstrate how and why particular qualitative methods (such as, but not limited to: interviewing, archival research, participant observation, visual analysis, etc.) are suitable and necessary to conduct the research project successfully.  

The QRSG places particular emphasis on methodology. Proposals should also exhibit a well-formulated theoretical framework, should be appropriately positioned in the pertinent and current geographic literature on the topic of choice, and should show the relevance of the proposed research to current geographic scholarship. Submissions also should include a simple budget indicating how funds will be used for conducting the research (for example, travel expenses, purchase of software or equipment, etc.) Proposals can range from 6 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) double-spaced pages, excluding figures, references, and budget.   (The QRSG requires students submitting proposals to this Competition to be members of the specialty group. Membership fees are used almost exclusively to support this award).

The deadline for the submission of proposals is April 1, 2013.

Winners will be contacted shortly before the AAG annual meeting in Los Angeles in April 2013, where the winner will be officially announced. You need not be present to receive an award. Please include a cover letter clearly indicating your name, topic, affiliation,  status (e.g., M.A., Ph.D. student) and contact information. 
Please send your proposal via email (Word file or pdf) to the committee chair, Hilda Kurtz at hkurtz@uga.edu, with QRSG PAPER COMPETITION in all caps in the subject heading

Papers must be received by April 1, 2013, (by 11:59 pm) to be considered.





Updates needed for the QRSG Bibliography

Thanks to Rebecca Sheehan and others, the qualitative research in geography bibliography is on-line for your convenience - click below or navigate from the left-hand frame.

Qualitative Research  Bibliography 

To add an announcement or submit a suggestion for the QRSG  website, please contact Meghan Cope - Webmaster.

Website Updated March 11, 2013

For questions about the Specialty Group, please contact the Chair(s) of the QRSG.




Co-Chairs: Hilda Kurtz & Mary Raycraft

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Who's Who in the QRSG: Click here for Officers and Board Members with full contact information.


Special Price on the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Geography
Thanks to an arrangement with the editors and the publisher, if the book is adopted for a course students may purchase the Handbook of Qualitative Geography at half price. Contact Michael Ainsley at Sage for more information: