Guidelines of the IGU-CGE
The IGU Commission on Geographical Education functions under these guidelines: Guidelines for Commissions and Study Groups (PDF)

Aims of the IGU-CGE

The IGU Commission on Geographical Education has set the following aims:
  • To implement the purposes of the International Geographical Union as defined in its statutes to promote geographical education around the world.
  • To enhance the place of geographical education in school, higher, vocational and community education, to develop higher international standards in geographical education, and to improve its status, role and image in school and university education, by disseminating the International Charter on Geographical Education and the International Declaration on Geographical Education for Cultural Diversity.
  • To develop an international research culture to conduct both local and cross-cultural investigations into issues of concern in geographical education.
  • To investigate and develop environmental education and education for development.
  • To investigate ways technology can enhance geographical education.
  • To develop the www-site of the Commission with internet standards and with refereed material.
  • To collaborate with other IGU Commissions to produce high quality teaching and learning materials incorporating research-based pedagogy.
  • To develop the capacity for citizens in all countries to increase awareness of geographical education as an important medium for promoting an active and informed citizenry and a more fulfilling life.
  • To improve communication amongst geographical educators across the world to enhance the Commission on Geographical Education as a community of scholars, and to promote and contribute to the scholarship of teaching in geographical education at all levels.
Steering Committee of the IGU Commission on Geographical Education



 Clare Brooks
Senior Lecturer in Geography Education
Institute of Education
University of London
20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6047

Clare Brooks


Chew-Hung Chang
Associate Dean, Professional Development, Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning / Associate Professor, Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group
National Institute of Education, NIE7-03-58, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
Tel: +65 98735048



 Jongwon Lee
Associate Professor, Dept. of Social Studies Education, Ewha Womans University
Dept. of Social Studies Education, 52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03760
S. Korea
Tel: +83 02 3277 2642

• Ali Demirci
Professor, Geography Education Specialist
Independent scholar
34083, Fatih, Istanbu, Turkey
Tel: +90 0533 8158046

Ali Demirci

Andoni Arenas Martija
Associate Professor, Institute of Geography, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Avenida Brasil 2241. CP 2362807. Valparaíso, Chile.
Vice President, Chilean Society of Geographic Sciences, Avda. Vicuña Mackenna Nº 4860,
Macul - Santiago, Casilla 306 - Correo 22 - Santiago, Fax: 56-2 552 60 28

Tel: +56 32 2274091 / +56 22 354 4755
Email: /

Daniela Schmeinck
Professor, Institute of Primary Science and Social Sciences
Universität zu Köln, Institut für Didaktik des Sachunterrichts, Albertus-Magnus-Platz 50923 Köln Deutschland, Germany
Tel: +49.(0)221.470.4216

Daniela Schmeink

David Örbring
Doctoral student in Educational Sciences, Lecturer in Human Geography
Lund University, Linneaus University
Lunds universitet, Campus Helsingborg
Institutionen för utbildningsvetenskap
Box 882, 25108 Helsingborg, Sweden
Tel: (Cell) 736510394
Email: /

• Di Wilmot
Associate Professor, Dean of Education, Faculty of Education
Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
Tel: +27 46 6038385; (Cell) 083 654 6662
Yu Shan DUAN
Professor,Vice Present and Secretary General of Geography Teaching Society of China, Director of Shanghai Geography Education and Teaching Research Base, Editor-in-chief of journal Geography Teaching
East China Normal University, 500 Dongchuan Rd, Shanghai 200241, P.R.China
Tel/Fax: +86-21-54344020
Mobile: +86-13701715221
Email: /
Ivy Tan Gillian Kidman
Associate Professor in Science Education
Monash University, Room 166, Building 902, Berwick Campus 100 Clyde Road Berwick VIC 3806 Australia
Tel: +61 3 9904 7237

Sirpa Tani



Advisory Members  


Michael Solem, PhD
Educational Affairs Director
Association of American Geographers
1710 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20009-3198, USA
Tel: 202-234-1450, ext. 143
Fax: 202-234-2744


 John Lidstone
Professor Faculty of Education,
Cultural and Language Studies in Education
Queensland University of Technology
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Queensland 4059, Australia
Editor IRGEE

 Joop van der Schee
Professor for Geography Education and Communication
Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan 2, Utrecht, The Netherlands,
tel. + 31 30 2531397
and special professor for Geography Education at VU University Amsterdam
on behalf of the Royal Dutch Geography Society.

Van der Schee

• Osvaldo Muniz-Solari
Professor of Geography
Department of Geography
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
Tel. 512-245-0375


Fernando Alexandre
Geography Coordinator - Department of Social Sciences
S. João do Estoril High School & Education and Development Research Unit
Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Lisbon
Rua Brito Camacho, 2769-501 Estoril, Portugal
Tel: +351 214658440
Fax: +351 214658447

Ivy Tan
Associate Professor Humanities & Social Studies Education Academic Group
National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
Tel: (65) 6790 3415
Fax: (65) 6896 9410
Ivy Tan  Sirpa Tani
Professor of Geography and Environmental Education
Department of Teacher Education, Applied Sciences of Education
P.O. Box 9
FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358-9-19129572

Sirpa Tani

 Sarah Bednarz
Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3147
United States
Tel: 979 845 1579
Fax: 979 862 4487

 Simon Catling
Oxford Brookes University
School of Education
Harcourt Hill Campus
OX2 9AT Oxford
United Kingdom


 Joseph Stoltman
Department of Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Western Michigan University
3219 Wood Hall
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
Office: (269) 387-3410
Fax:    (269) 387-3442
Editor IRGEE


 Lex Chalmers
University of Waikato
Hillcrest Road
3240 Hamilton
New Zealand


 Sibylle Reinfried
University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland Lucerne
Dep. of Teaching and Learning
Frohburgstrasse 3
6002 Lucerne


Members of the Steering Committee and Regional Contacts

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2016 IGU
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