A much more extensive list of websites concerned with all things geography that I have prepared to support the new book ‘Geography’ with Danny Dorling is available at this website.
The Conversation is a not for profit collaboration between media editors and the academic community to provide informed news analysis and commentary that is free to read and re-publish.
The Guardian website with over 8 million unique visits is one of the world’s most popular news websites and for good reason. The Guardian website has an amazing depth to it carrying far more material than its print newspaper. The development pages sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation should be a weekly port of call for all geography students.
I sometimes read the London based Economist magazine. They have a good website but in keeping with a magazine of its persuasion it hides most of its content behind a pay wall although if you give them your e-mail they will let you access 3 articles free a week. If you are selective this could suffice for the really interesting stuff but they will then bombard you with Economist related spam.
The BBC’s web presence is huge with around 40% of the population of the UK visiting it at least once a week plus tens of millions worldwide. News, weather, sport and views but beware its comment pages – the standard of invective is hardly elevating. I probably check in at least half dozen times a day more if I am abroad and a test match is being played.
George comes under news media because he one of Europe’s finest environmental commentators. Can’t say I always agree with George but he always makes me think and that is the point. If you do not catch his column in The Guardian this is essential reading and his writing is always fully referenced.
Frontline and China Daily
I like to keep in touch with what is going on in the world – a bit of a geography teacher habit I guess. So for India I scan the magazine Frontline published by The Hindu newspaper. For China the steady government/communist party line is covered comprehensively by China Daily Europe
Geography and Science links
BangalorePatrol and Janaagraha
An investigative site that aims to spatially evaluate the city of Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnatka, India in a way I haven’t found for any other city. A citizen based initiative run by the NGO Janaagraha and the Times of India newspaper. Janaagraha is one of the most inspiring grass-roots urban organisations in India.
Home website and significant open-source resource of Oxford University’s Mackinder Chair of Geography.
Professor Hans Rosling’s innovative website concerned with using statistics to help us understand our world more clearly. Excellent videos.
National organization promoting geographical education.
A monumental effort when it was put up with an extensive range of links – a well ordered, interesting and comprehensive revision site for A Level Geography.
Avant-garde geography delving into new digital data sources to draw new maps and teasing often playful, scurrilous new geographies using everything from Twitter hashtags to Goggle data.
An open source for viewing, sharing, mixing and mashing up maps. Run by the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis of University College London. Endlessly fascinating.
US based environmental science and conservation website. Outstanding on tropical forest issues. Bang up to date with a lot of serious science. Founder Rhett Butler has amassed an extensive body of knowledge.
All things geography from the prolific educator Alan Parkinson’s blog. A great additional source of links as he really keeps on top of things.
Royal Geographical Society
An august institution dating back to 1830 with its roots in an Imperial perspective of geography. Of course they are much more up to date today although they profess to have the ability to confer to me (or you) the status ‘chartered geographer’ if we can pass their rigorous muster. Lovely old headquarters in London that contain Mackinder’s pith helmet or some such.
United Nations Development Fund
I use this website a lot. A mine of information about the Millennium Development Goals and of course the Human Development Index – the global league table for nations.
Views of the World
From the new ‘don’ of European cartography Ben Hennig. Constantly interesting, provocative and playful. The heir to Worldmapper.
The original cartographic reference point. As used by a generation of UK geography teachers. In need of a freshening up but that will require a new source of funding so come on Bill and Melinda.
Campaign Group links
The UK’s largest charity concerned with addressing global poverty
People and Planet
Campaigning student group with a focus on develop and the environment.
The UK’s pre-eminent pressure group concerned with shining a light on all things tax avoidance.
A favourite NGO/charity of mine to support and also for their excellent resources including Youtube channel. Can you think of anything more important than clean fresh water?