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Who Counts? Gender, Gatekeeping, and Quantitative Human Geography

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel FranklinORCiD, Dr Vikki Houlden, Dr Caitlin RobinsonORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Association of American Geographers (AAG), 2021.

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How academic disciplines are represented and reproduced is a charged issue. In geography in particular, the challenge is not only who counts, especially with regard to gender and other factors, but also how the boundaries of the discipline are drawn and which subfields are acknowledged. This paper contributes to both aspects of the discussion by extending recent research on gender, internationalization, and academic gatekeeping to additional subfields of human geography. In particular, we focus on the demographic structure and international diversity of the editorial teams of flagship quantitative geography journals. We find that women are under-represented in our sample, with shares ranging from 23.1 to 43.5 percent—numbers unfortunately comparable to many other geography journals. We also find that career stage is an important factor and that our sample is more international and less Anglophone than the disciplinary norm. We conclude by emphasizing the importance of attending to issues of inclusive gatekeeping in geography and elsewhere.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Franklin RS, Houlden V, Robinson C, Arribas-Bel D, Delmelle EC, Demsar U, Miller HJ, O'Sullivan D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Professional Geographer

Year: 2021

Volume: 73

Issue: 1

Pages: 48-61

Online publication date: 10/11/2020

Acceptance date: 07/08/2020

Date deposited: 19/08/2020

ISSN (print): 0033-0124

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9272

Publisher: Association of American Geographers (AAG)


DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2020.1828944


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