Data ethics in geography teaching (Teacher CPD) @ Online
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ethics is becoming an increasingly important area of consideration when working with geographic data.

In industry, concerns over privacy, ownership of data and how data is used form part of project planning. For students, geography research ethics has often focused on notions of consent related to traditional research methods such as surveys or interviews.

However, new sources of geographic data, such as that collected through social media or open-source satellite imagery, present new ethical issues. So do the applications of these data, with old issues of data presentation still present, but joined by questions such as who is liable if the data cause a death, such as with self-driving cars.

In this workshop we will:

  • Explore questions of ethics in geography and in using geographic data
  • Share key resources and texts that help to integrate these questions into the curriculum and NEA
  • Look at examples of problem-based learning that encourage critical thinking in relation to geographic ethics

About the speaker

Doug Specht is a Chartered Geographer, Chartered Teacher, and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster. His research examines how knowledge is constructed and codified through digital and cartographic artefacts, focusing on development issues in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has written extensively on geographic data ethics and among other publications is co-editor of the forthcoming The Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technology and Society.


Information for delegates

This event will be run online via Microsoft Teams. Details of how to access the event will be sent out via email approximately a week before the event date. If this email does not reach you, please contact us (preferably before the day of the event) at events@rgs.org

We anticipate that this event will be very popular. Please only reserve yourself a space if you are sure you are attending, otherwise you may prevent another teacher from accessing the event.

Power Without Responsibility: Comparative national overviews @ Online
Jan 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Power Without Responsibility: Comparative national overviews @ Online
The first in a series of workshops centred on the legacy of James Curran and Jean Seaton’s Power without Responsibility

The Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre is organising a monthly series of workshops celebrating 40 years since the publication of the seminar book on the UK media, James Curran and Jean Seaton’s Power Without Responsibility. Now in its eighth edition, the book has been translated into five languages and has influenced generations of media academics, students and wider readers. With a scope ranging from the 1830s to the present day, the book focuses on how market distortion and state sponsored public service, among other influences, have shaped the UK media and influenced the conduct of politics, entertainment and society more generally. The workshops will examine central themes of the book – including discussions about market corruption, media reform, public service and radical journalism – with presentations by international scholars and journalists. The workshops will take place online from January to May 2022 and will be open to academics, teachers, students, historians, media activists and anyone interested in the history and the future of the UK media.

This first workshop in the series will reflect on themes developed in the book from the perspective of different national contexts. It will explore the contribution of Power without Responsibility in our understanding of media in a variety of political and cultural settings.

Workshop one: Comparative national overviews

CHAIR: Toby Miller (Prof, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Cuajimalpa, Mexico)


Natalie Foster (Routledge)

John Durham Peters (Prof; Yale)

Vibodh Parthasarathi (Associate Prof, Jamia Millia Islamia)

Kaori Hayashi (Prof, Tokyo)

Tom O’Malley (Emeritus Prof, Aberystwyth, ICA support letter)

This event will take place on Zoom