Dr. Michael Solem is Professor of Geography at Texas State University. After 14 years directing educational programs on staff at the American Association of Geographers, he continues to serve the AAG as Senior Adviser for Geography Education and Co-Director of the National Center for Research in Geography Education. Michael has been principal investigator on several large-scale, federally funded projects supporting geography at all levels of education. Recent NSF-funded projects include a five-year grant to develop a research coordination network for transformative research in 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, the Journal 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.
Since 2002 Michael has contributed to the AAG’s annual Geography Faculty Development Alliance workshops for early career faculty. He is co-chair of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Geographical Education and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Review of International Geographical Education Online. Michael has twice received the Journal of Geography in Higher Education’s award 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.
Tine Béneker is professor of Geography & Education at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. Her main interest is in curriculum thinking and the relationships between scholarly knowledge, school subject knowledge and young people’s everyday knowledge. She has published on powerful knowledge, the future and global dimension in geography education, young people’s global awareness, representation issues and textbooks, and (student) teacher education and professionalisation. Tine is a member of the Steering Committee of the Commission on Geographical Education (IGU-CGE) and part of the international Geocapabilities 3 research team. At Utrecht University she is director of education at the department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, and member of the programme committee of one of the University’s four interdisciplinary research themes, Dynamics of Youth. For the geography education community in the Netherlands, she has advisory roles in (national) curriculum renewal projects and in the Geo Future Schools project.
Luděk Sýkora is Professor at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic. His research and teaching focuses on urban change in postsocialist cities, impacts of globalization on urban transformations, processes of metropolitan change such as suburbanization, neighborhood changes such as gentrification, processes and localities of segregation, inter-cultural interaction in immigrant neighborhoods, metropolisation and polycentric development in settlement systems, small and medium sized towns, urban real estate development, national and municipal housing and housing policy, urban policies and urban planning and the role of public sector, private actors and citizens and social movements in urban development. In his applied research and consultancy he worked for the European Commission, national government ministries (Regional Development, Labor and Social Affairs, Internal Affairs), national government agencies (Czech Development Agency, Agency for Social Exclusion), local governments, business sector and NGOs.