The operational geography of Great Britain

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This article examines the operational geography of Great Britain in terms of six components: domestic context; student quality, preparation, and training; professional work environment; publications and productivity; conveniences and facilities; and employment. The goal of operational geography is to provide the basis for blending the strengths of different systems of geography which have much to offer one another. This article uses personal experiences and survey data to examine the strengths and weaknesses in Britain as compared to the United States. It finds that Britain has strong national support, a greater emphasis on geographic education, high-quality but narrowly trained undergraduates, and a productive academic faculty. The United States enjoys a more effective graduate curriculum, better funding, and more opportunity for personal advancement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-307
Number of pages12
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1992


  • Britain
  • Operational geography
  •  education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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