Who counts? Gender, gatekeeping, and quantitative human geography

Rachel Franklin, Victoria Houlden, Caitlin Robinson, Daniel Arribas-Bel, Elizabeth Delmelle, Urška Demšar, Harvey Miller, David O'Sullivan

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How academic disciplines are represented and reproduced is a charged issue. In geography in particular, the challenge is not only who counts, especially with regard to gender and other factors, but also how the boundaries of the discipline are drawn and which subfields are acknowledged. This article contributes to both aspects of the discussion by extending recent research on gender, internationalization, and academic gatekeeping to additional subfields of human geography. In particular, we focus on the demographic structure and international diversity of the editorial teams of flagship quantitative geography journals. We find that women are underrepresented in our sample, with shares ranging from 23.1 to 43.5 percent—numbers unfortunately comparable to many other geography journals. We also find that career stage is an important factor and that our sample is more international and less Anglophone than the disciplinary norm. We conclude by emphasizing the importance of attending to issues of inclusive gatekeeping in geography and elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Professional Geographer
Early online date10 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2021


  • academia
  • gender
  • geography
  • publication
  • quantitative methods


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