W(h)ither development geography in Australia?

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Rugendyke, Barbara. (2005). W(h)ither development geography in Australia? Geographical Research. 43(3), pp. 306 - 318. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-5871.2005.00330.x
AuthorsRugendyke, Barbara

This paper explores the changing focus and role of development geography in Australian university teaching and research. It is based primarily on interviews with Emeritus Professors Harold Brookfield and David Lea and Professor John Connell, which were conducted as part of the Institute of Australian Geographers’ Millennium Project on Geography and Geographers. Drawing on the collective wisdom of these geographers, the evolution and characteristics of development geography in Australia and the reasons for its past strength are outlined. Additionally, the contributions made by this branch of the discipline to Geography are described, reasons for the parlous state of development geography in Australia today are presented and a number of issues related to its future survival are raised. The paper argues that, for the discipline of Geography in Australia to retain social relevance, a continuing focus on global inequality and its impacts at the local scale is essential.

KeywordsEnvironment; social relevance; cultural ecology; development studies, Brookfield School
JournalGeographical Research
Journal citation43 (3), pp. 306 - 318
PublisherBlackwell Publishers Inc
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-5871.2005.00330.x
Page range306 - 318
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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