Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Engagement: Effective Political Action, Evidence-based Advocacy

Type: Panel
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: American Association of Geographers
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon B2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Derek Alderman
Chairs: Susan Walcott


This session is one of several organized for the purpose of providing grounded but critical discussion of public engagement and outreach opportunities, strategies, and challenges. Sessions build upon the experiences of panelists/facilitators and the sharing of perspectives from the audience to create a space where geographers can train each other, trade innovations and ideas, and negotiate practical and even political obstacles to public engagement in geography.

This session serves as an interactive discussion and opportunity for geographers and geography students to learn ways to be successful as advocates for geography related issues and how to participate in the political process as informed citizens. Geographers play an important role in policymaking as civil servants in local, state, and federal agencies. For colleagues in the academy or working as practitioners in non-governmental settings, the pathways to effective advocacy are not as clear-cut. Scientists in our discipline routinely shape political actions through varied forms of involvement in public decision-making, from attending public meetings to phone calls and writing in various outlets. Speakers come from academic geography, the AAG, and geography graduate students. Emphasis will be placed on bringing geographic expertise to bear when taking an active role in public affairs.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Susan Walcott 20
Panelist Mia Renauld Northeastern University 20
Panelist John Wertman American Association of Geographers 20
Panelist David Butler Middle Tennessee State University 20

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