Changemakers and change agents: encouraging students as researchers through changemakers programs

Joe Thorogood, Fumika Azuma, Charlotte Collins, Anna Plyushteva, Jenny Marie

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This paper examines the role played by a student-organized research conference in the age of research-led teaching and active learning. Drawing on our experiences of organizing two departmental conferences in Geography in March 2016 and March 2017, we begin to outline how institutional support and funding for student-led “Changemakers” projects can not only introduce students to specific aspects of research (in the case of our conference, to disseminating and communicating research findings), but also encourage collaboration and mutual support outside of formal staff-student hierarchies of teaching, learning and marking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-556
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number4
Early online date30 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2018



  • Research-led teaching
  • active learning
  • changemakers

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