The Professional Geographer: Web presence of academic geographers: a generational divide?

Sarah Starkweather and I are happy to report that our co-authored paper discussing the web presence of academic geographers has been accepted for publication in The Professional Geographer. Download the preprint version, here.


The pervasiveness of the Internet in society has brought about changes in academia and shifts in the day-to-day practices of many academics. Here, the web practices of academic geographers are specifically examined through an Internet-based survey, to better understand how these geographers both present themselves through the Internet and perceive the importance of such practices around web presence. Situated within this increasing importance of the Internet as part of professional practice and the neoliberalization of the university, the changes in the teaching and research of academics are overviewed. We then discuss our findings, which indicate a relationship between generation and web practices, and which further reinforce the need for a more central discussion of the importance of web presence within the context of a knowledge economy.
Key Words: academic geographers, professionalization, Web 2.0, web presence, social media


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