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Tim Unwin

In: The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge

Chapter 20: The Role of Geography and Geographers in Policy and Government Departments

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The Role of Geography and Geographers in Policy and Government Departments
The role of geography and geographers in policy and government departments
Introduction

This chapter explores the ways in which geographers have shaped and been shaped by engagement in the places of policy and government. It begins by disentangling some of the strands of meaning contained within such an exploration. First, we need to understand the contrasting meanings attributed to the ideas of ‘geography’, ‘geographers’ and ‘geographical knowledge’ (Johnston 1997), and second, we need to provide a framework for examining the notions of policy and government with which geographers have been involved.

Geography, Geographers and Geographical Knowledge

Any understanding of how geographers have engaged in policy and government raises fundamental questions about the labels that people give themselves, and ...

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