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Advancing Academe: A Multidimensional Investigation of Geography in the Americas (AAMIGA)

The AAMIGA project systematically investigated the dynamics of international research collaboration (IRC) through a multi-dimensional study of geography in the Americas. The aim is to better understand the nature of IRC within a particular context, looking through the window of an “interdisciplinary discipline”, geography, onto a region, the Americas.

The project itself was conducted as an internationally collaborative research project, by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Washington, DC, with funding the from US National Science Foundation, and in conjunction with the City of Knowledge (CoK) in Panama.

The results have been used to suggest recommendations for geographers for fostering collaboration as well as for improving mechanisms and quality of AAG programs oriented towards international research collaboration.


Major project findings and activities


Best Practices for International Research Collaboration among Geographers of the Americas

⇒ Download AAMIGA pamphlet in english

⇒ Bajar follete AAMIGA en español


Research during Graduate Education experiences is a significant spark for long-term collaboration

⇒ The AAG Guide to Geography Programs now covers all of the Americas


Joint conference presentations represent an opportunity for showcasing and developing collaborative international work

⇒ AAG's Enrichment Funds are available on a limited basis for eligible international geographers to travel to the AAG Annual Meeting

⇒ Since 2006, special sessions on Geography in the Americas annually explore collaboration themes at AAG Annual Meetings


Joint publications co-authored by international researcher teams credit and reward collaboration

⇒ The AAG Annals and the PG include article abstracts in Spanish

⇒ AAG's Journal Exchange Program provides hard copy academic materials to libraries in developing regions


Funded projects constitute an important resource for supporting international research collaboration among geographers in the Americas

⇒ AAG has translated selected chapters from its professional development publication, including grantwriting resources

⇒ Leer artículo "Como escribir propestas competitivas para obtener fondos"


Communication and networking is fundamental

⇒AAG's Developing Regions Membership Program offers low-cost access to the largest society of geographers and related professionals

⇒ An annual international welcome celebrates that approximately 25% of attendees to the AAG Annual Meeting come from more than 80 countries other than the US, where 58 of those are from developing regions


Acknowledgements: NSF International Research Fellowship Program, PI Dr. Patricia Solís, AAG. Download full reportThanks to:  Dr. Doug Richardson, Dr. Matthew Koeppe, Dr. Ivan Cheung, AAG, Dr. Rodrigo Tarté, Academic Director, City of Knowledge, Panama, Noris Martinez (Panama) and Karim Thompson (Jamaica), AAG Interns, Dr. Miguel Aguilar Robledo, Universidad Autónoma de San Luís Potosí, MX, Santiago Borrero Mutis, Pan American Institute of Geography and History, Anna Luiza Coelho Netto, Cidade Universitaria, Río de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Hildegardo Cordova, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Alfonso Blas Jiron García & Berta Adilia Mena García, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Managua, Dr. Ana Maria Liberali, Centro Humboldt, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carlos Jorge Guilbe López, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Dr. Ines Miyares, Hunter College, New York, USA, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, Dr. Janice Jones Monk, University of Arizona, AAG Executive Committee, Diversity Task Force, Dr. David Robinson, Syracuse University, New York, USA, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers and the AAG Latin Americanist Specialty Group, Anne-Marie Séguin, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montréal Quebec, Canada, Canadian Association of Geographers, Dr. José Luís Palacio Prieto, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Internacional Geographical Union.