Keynote speakers

Dr Rachel CareyDr Rachel Carey

Keynote topic: Challenges to food production in Australia’s city foodbowls: how urban sprawl, climate change and water scarcity could affect food security

Dr Rachel Carey is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she researches sustainable food systems, food security and food production on Melbourne’s urban fringe. She leads the Foodprint Melbourne project, which is investigating environmental challenges to Melbourne’s future food supply, including pressures from urban sprawl, climate change and water scarcity. Rachel has a background in food policy, and has worked on food policies for the City of Melbourne and City of Greater Geelong. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy at City University, London.

Professor William CartwrightProfessor William Cartwright

Keynote topic: Future cartographies: neo-cartography or neo-luddite

William Cartwright AM is Professor of Cartography in the School of Science at RMIT University. He joined the University after spending a number of years in both the government and private sectors of the mapping industry. He is Chair of the Executive of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Mapping Sciences Institute Australia, Honorary Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and a Honourary Fellow of the New Zealand Cartographic Society. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and a Doctor of Education from RMIT University.  He has six other university qualifications — in the fields of cartography, applied science, education, media studies, information and communication technology and graphic design. His major research interest is the application of integrated media to cartography and the exploration of different metaphorical approaches to the depiction of geographical information.  In 2013 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) - for service to cartography and geospatial science as an academic, researcher and educator.

Professor David LambertProfessor David Lambert and Dr Michael Solem

Keynote topic: Who Thinks What in Geography Lessons?

David Lambert is Professor of Geography Education at the Institute of Education, University of London (IOE). He was a secondary school teacher for twelve years, becoming a deputy principal. He became a university teacher educator in the 1980s, principally to stay in touch with geography. In 2002 he was appointed full time chief executive of the Geographical Association (GA)(, this time to avoid university administration (he woke up one day as an Assistant Dean for Initial Teacher Education) and again, to stay in touch with geography! He returned to the IOE as professor, at first part-time job sharing with the GA and his collaborator Professor John Morgan (now of the University of Auckland), but from 2012 full-time. Publications of note are Lambert D and Morgan J (2010) Teaching Geography 11-18: a conceptual approach, and Lambert, Solem and Tani  (2015) Achieving Human Potential Through Geography Education: A Capabilities Approach to Curriculum Making in Schools in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. He is co-author of Learning to Teach Geography published in its 3rd Edition in 2015 by Routledge. He has also collaborated with Michael Young to produce Knowledge and the Future School published in 2014 by Bloomsbury.

Dr Michael SolemMichael Solem is Director of Educational Research and Programs for the American Association of Geographers, where he is principal investigator on several large-scale, federally funded projects spanning geography at all levels of education, focusing on professional development, internationalization, global education and teacher preparation. 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. Michael currently serves as Co-Director of the National Center for Research in Geography Education and is Treasurer for the International Geographical Union's Commission on Geographical Education. He 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.

David Lambert and Michael Solem will also be presenting a workshop titled "GeoCapabilities: Developing Teachers as Curriculum Leaders".

Professor Bruce RasmussenProfessor Bruce Rasmussen

Keynote topic: Sources of growth and their implications for a rapidly expanding Australian city

Bruce Rasmussen has been Director of VISES since 2012 and was Deputy Director from 2000-2012. He began his working life as an urban economist working for John Paterson Urban Systems, later moving to the Ministry of Housing. His work has included reports for government on regional and urban economics, particularly the development of Melbourne and its constituent regions. However his most recent work at VISES has been on the link between health and productivity and the economic returns to investment in health, for the US Chamber of Commerce, World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund.

Bruce has had a career spanning the senior levels of both the public and private sectors. In Government he has held a number of senior positions, most significantly as Assistant Director General, Finance in the Department of Management and Budget of the State of Victoria. He spent seven years at the ANZ Bank, where he held various senior business strategy roles, most notably as Chief Manager, Retail Strategy in the Retail Bank and Chief Manager, Development of the Private Bank.

He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he graduated as a Littauer Fellow – awarded on the basis of academic excellence, career and leadership. He has a PhD in economics from Victoria University.

AGTA 2017 ConferenceThe AGTA 2017 conference will be held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne.