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INLT Co-chairs

The INLT is steered by co-chairs but is primarily a collaborative community of scholars who communicate through our listserv channels to share resources and create a community of practice.

Current co-chairs:

Niamh Moore-Cherry (, PhD, PFHEA, is Vice-Principal for Teaching and Learning at the College of Social Sciences and Law, University College Dublin. She is also Associate Professor of Urban Governance and Development in the School of Geography. Her research is focused on understanding how cities are governed; how urban policy is developed; and with what impacts. She is the author of Dublin Docklands Reinvented(Four Courts Press, 2008), has co-edited three books and has papers published in national and international journals. Her current work focuses on the spaces and practices of metropolitan governance, and the implications for spatial planning. Niamh has a strong research and teaching interest in student transitions and students as partners and has co-authored a number of papers on these topics. She is a member of: the Social Sciences Committee, Royal Irish Academy; the IGU Urban Commission Steering Group; and is past-President of the Geographical Society of Ireland.

Michael Solem (, PhD, is Co-Director of the National Center for Research in Geography Education. He holds a joint appointment at Texas State University (Research Professor and Director of Research in the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education) and the American Association of Geographers (Senior Adviser for Geography Education). His publications include articles in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Research in Higher Education, Education About Asia, The Geography Teacher, theJournal of Geography in Higher Education, and the edited books Aspiring Academics, Teaching College Geography, Practicing Geography, and Learning Progressions for Maps, Geospatial Technology and Spatial Thinking: A Research Handbook. Michael has twice received the Journal of Geography in Higher Education’saward for promoting excellence in teaching and learning for his research on faculty development and graduate education in geography. He is the 2015 recipient of the AAG Gilbert Grosvenor Honors in Geographic Education.

Helen Walkington (, PhD, NTF, PFHEAis Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, UK where she teaches geography and carries out research into higher education pedagogy. Her undergraduate degree was in Geography at Durham University, followed by a PGCE (secondary geography teaching qualification) from the university of Cambridge. Her masters (pedology, soil survey and Land Evaluation) and PhD (Geography Education) were both from the university of Reading. She has written and presented widely on the research–teaching nexus, research-based learning strategies and research mentoring excellence, particularly at undergraduate level.  Helen initiated and managed a university-wide student experience project called Get Published! and supports geography students in publishing their work through the national undergraduate research journal GEOverse. In 2018 she received the Taylor and Francis Award from the Royal Geographical Society with Institute for British Geographers (RGS-IBG) for sustained contributions to teaching and learning in Higher Education.She is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Higher Education Pedagogies andScholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research.

Dr James Boxall ( is the Director of the GISciences Centre and Professor of Geography and GIS at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Canadian Roundtable on Geomatics and a Governor of the Nova Scotia Museums. A Fellow for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, he was elected Governor of the RCGS in 2013 (with responsibilities for Canadian Geographic Education). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society as well as a member and past president of numerous geographic and geospatial associations. He has received the Canadian GeoLiteracy Award (RCGS) for his support of geographic education through the creation of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education. He was also a co-organizer for the St. John’s Declaration for “Advancing Geographic Education for Canadians”, and co-chairs the joint CAG-RCGS Committee for moving that effort forward.