PYGYRG Away Weekend 2016

We are currently planning our away weekend 2016 (see below) and events for the RGS/IBG Annual Conference in London, September 2016.

Participatory Geographies Research Group Away Weekend, New Lanark (near Glasgow, Scotland)

27 – 29 May 2016

Location: Wee Hostel, New Lanark, which is one hour from Glasgow by train + 20 minutes walk down hill, or a £5 taxi ride. Trains run twice an hour during the day to Lanark station – either from Glasgow or Motherwell, so accessible. Cost is £48 for three nights.

Concept: In line with the theme of the RGS’s annual conference in 2016 ‘nexus thinking’, we will look at connections between water, energy and food through the lens of participatory geography, sharing good practice and challenges we have come across in our own research. Place-based education will be an integral part of the weekend: in addition to being located near the stunning falls of the river Clyde with lots of potential for nature walks, New Lanark is also a World Heritage Site; the location of the first co-operative mill and workplace, where social and educational reforms took place. We shall have time to visit the visitor centre and learn about the place’s history. Additionally, we can visit a nearby food project such as a community garden, and learn about the significance of energy generated from the Clyde Falls and at the nearby Lanark Hydro Electric Scheme.

The weekend will be facilitated by Anne Winther, Svenja Meyerricks and other PyGyRG members.

Proposed timetable:

Friday 27 May

5pm Arrival

6pm Dinner

7 – 9.30pm Welcome, introductions and participatory planning of the weekend activities (there will be a few different options – with emphasis on spending time in nature, visiting food/energy/water projects or spending more time learning about New Lanark’s history)

Saturday 28th May

9am Breakfast

10am – 1pm Activity 1 (chosen by group – see above)

1pm Lunch

2pm – 5pm Facilitated sharing of each others’ research and common and differing interests

5 – 6.30pm Nature walk (suggestion)

7pm Dinner

8.30pm onwards: Social time and networking

Sunday 29 May

9am Breakfast

10am – 1pm Activity 2 (chosen by group – see above)

1pm Lunch

2.30pm – 6pm Activity 3 or Sharing of Participatory Research Methods and relevance for nexus thinking (chosen by group – see above)

7pm Dinner

8.30pm onwards: Social time and networking

Monday 30 May

8am Breakfast

9am – 10am Goodbyes, followed by travel home

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