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Royal Geographical Society

  • By: Rita Gardner & Catherine Souch
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS; with the Institute of British Geographers [IBG]) is the United Kingdom's (UK) learned and professional society for geography and geographers. It is a dynamic institution, with a distinguished history and a powerful modern reputation and brand. Founded in 1830, the RGS-IBG is the largest geographical society in Europe and one of the largest and most active in the world. It operates at the inter national, national, and regional levels from its London-based headquarters and nine regional branches.

The society's purpose remains the same today as when it was first founded—namely, the “advancement of geographical science” (enshrined in its Royal Charter in 1859). However, the manner in which this goal has been pursued has expanded greatly over the years. Today, the ...

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