The Young Geographer

Giving a Voice to Young People

We are looking for people aged up to 30 years old to contribute to a unique magazine which we are planning to publish in spring 2016.  We will invite these young people to write and edit The Young Geographer, with support and guidance from the RSGS team responsible for producing The Geographer, our successful quarterly magazine for members and supporters.

We are calling for all young people who wish to be involved to answer the questions “what is the issue you are most concerned about, how is it affecting you, and if you could influence it what would you change?”  The aim of the project is to give these young people a public voice on a range of personal, local, national and international issues that are geographical or educational in nature.  These might include anything from local concerns about housing, employment, health, education or job security, to global debates on sustainable development goals, migration, population, climate change, equality or conflict.  In short, anything which affects our future society, and therefore affects young people more than anyone.

Speaking about the call for contributors for the magazine, our Chief Executive Mike Robinson said “We are concerned that the voice of younger people is not being heard sufficiently.  RSGS’s main concerns are around promoting equity and sustainability, which in turn rely on balancing environmental priorities, social values and economic opportunities.  We want to provide a platform for young people to say what they think about these issues and how they are affecting them.”

We plan to print and distribute the magazine to our policy, academic and political networks, as well as making it freely available through electronic media to a wider public.  Up to 20 articles will be chosen to feature in The Young Geographer.  Anybody who wishes to be involved with the project should submit their article (200-800 words, and images if appropriate) to us by Friday 8th January 2016.  Submissions can be by email to or by post to RSGS, 15-19 North Port, Perth, PH1 5LU.

We are also inviting writers to apply to be part of a five-strong editorial team.  This team will be coached all the way through the process and will be challenged to be ambitious with their vision for the magazine.  The winning team members will be invited to a training day at RSGS HQ on Saturday 30th January 2016, after which they will be challenged to produce and edit the magazine.  To apply to be part of the editorial team, please submit a covering letter along with your article stating why you would be a good candidate.  Candidates of any age up to 30 are invited are eligible to submit articles for consideration and to apply for a position on the editorial team.

We would like to thank the Gannochy Trust and the Hugh Fraser Foundation for making The Young Geographer project possible.  If you would like to make a donation to help us extend the project further, please contact our Development Manager.