Addressing Real World Issues
Edited by Robert Stimson and Kingsley E. Haynes
In the early 2000s the International Geographical Union (IGU) reestablished the Applied Geography Commission. One of the activities of the Commission has been to produce a series of edited books on applied geography, having the publication coincide with the IGU Congress. The first book, edited by Antoine Bailly and Lay Gibson, Applied Geography: A World Perspective (Kluwer Academic Publishers), was launched at the IGU 2004 Congress in Glasgow. The second book, edited by Antoine Bailly, Lay Gibson and Kingsley Haynes, Applied Geography for the Entrepreneurial University (Economica), was launched at the 2008 Congress in Tunis. This third edited book from the Commission, Studies in Applied Geography and Spatial Analysis: Addressing Real World Issues, has been launched at the 2012 Congress in Cologne. The book showcases work by applied geographers from many parts of the world collaborating with partners in the public sector, business, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and communities to demonstrate how geography, with its space and place perspective and its methods and tools that are explicitly spatial, has been employed to address an issue of significance for the collaborator. The 20 cases presented in this volume clearly demonstrate the relevance of applied geography and the utility of the skills of geographers (albeit sometimes working in teams with researchers from other disciplines) to address real world issues. Those studies – in most cases undertaken through a formal researcher–client relationship – have been conducted at a variety of levels of scale in a wide variety of situational contexts and have used a range...