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Volume 22 Number 2

Inspiration for Early Career Geographers 

Thomas Larsen and Lisa Tabor

Multiple paths have charted the future of geography. In the midst of disciplinary uncertainty, what can early career geographers do to stay imaginative? Authored by two early career geographers, this paper outlines some advice and inspiration for geographers to write prolifically, explore placefully, and diversify their reading palettes. It builds upon Pierce Lewis's (1985) challenge to never relinquish "that God-given ability to see and feel and seek to understand the wonders of the earth," Three missions are provided to cultivate imaginative geographers: start a writing group, schedule weekly field dates, and adopt a daily reading routine. These missions frame a professional geography into a career path that cultivates joy, curiosity, poetry, and gratitude. 

Larsen and Tabor (PDF, 334KB)

Framing Human-Environment Geography Connections through Waterscapes: A Geographic Lens for Teaching and Learning about Water Resources 

Kim N. Irvine, Chew-Hung Chang, Tricia Seow, Diganta Gas and Huu Ho Loc

The concept of "waterscapes" is examined, with a focus on applications in secondary schools and the pedagogy for undergraduate geography students. The waterscape emphasis on external flows of capital, political relations, and policy that interact with the physical watershed, as well as the hydrosocial cycle, are particularly well suited to support teacher pedagogical content knowledge because of the flexibility in interpreting and applying concepts using what we have termed "the shallow sustainability approach". Employing case studies from the Singapore geography curriculum, we explore new pathways for the traditional interpretation of waterscapes that include linking mathematical modelling of hydrologic systems with rich local narratives. 

Irvine et al (PDF, 1.2MB)