Managing geography after Y2K

  • Antoine Bailly
  • Lay James Gibson
Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 77)


All academic disciplines evolve and geography is no exception. Physics, French, or even economics change over time, but at the end of the day (or decade) they are still physics, French, or economics. Geography is different — it can be a natural science, a social science, or a humanity. Ideally, perhaps geography is all three. Many feel that the inevitable tension between these three content areas and scientific and non-scientific orientations is not only healthy but essential. Keeping these perspectives in balance while recognizing that geography’s real value is tied to its role as a measurement oriented science and managing the tensions that are inherent in a discipline where both basic research and applied research are appropriate can be a challenge. Put all of this together with the fact that there is rapid change and increased competition for limited resources in the academic institutions that house geography departments and it seems worthwhile for us to revisit the ways that we manage our discipline and the ways that we position it within our universities and within the job markets that our graduates enter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Bailly
    • 1
  • Lay James Gibson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of ArizonaUSA

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