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About the GTE Conference

The Geography Teacher Educators’ (GTE) Conference takes place in January each year. The conference brings together university-based and school-based GTEs from near and far to exchange ideas, discuss research and debate current issues within geography education.

The Geography Teacher Educators’ Conference runs independently of the Geographical Association (GA), but is grateful to benefit from GA administrative support.

2024 GTE Conference

The next GTE Conference is being held in York from the afternoon of Friday 26 to lunchtime on Sunday 28 January. This is an in-person conference, so provides the opportunity for attendees to network and discuss ideas.

GTE Conference 2023 

The 2023 GTE Conference ran from Friday 27 January to Sunday 30 January as a face-to-face event in Dublin, with sessions being live streamed for virtual attendees.

The conference provided opportunities for teacher educators to present on research and scholarship relating to the training and professional development of teachers. If you would like to know a little more about the Conference, you can view conference papers and presentations from previous GTE Conferences.


Keynote speakers

Zainab Boladale – Where curiosity can lead you!

Understanding ‘sense of place’ through the lens of a storyteller. Zainab Boladale shares childhood memories from Lagos, Nigeria to Clare, Ireland. She highlights moments that shaped her understanding of the world and tells us of how her natural curiosity and need to understand people has motivated her journalistic career.

Zainab Boladale is a Journalist, TV Presenter and Public Speaker. She was born in Nigeria and raised in Ireland. In 2017, she was named Journalist of the Year at the DCU Hybrid Awards. That same year, she made her TV debut on RTÉ’s children’s programme, news2day. At the age of 20 years old she became known as the first Afro-Irish woman on Irish TV news. On news2day, she presented stories from around the world to the young people of Ireland. With a 6-year TV career to her name, Zainab now travels around the country as a Presenter and Reporter for Ireland’s long running factual feature programme, RTÉ Nationwide.

Dr Ruth McManus – Shaping Dublin in the twentieth century: from slums to suburbs

Dr Ruth McManus explores the evolution of the city’s housing landscape, showing how many aspects of its contemporary geography were unintended outcomes of past efforts to solve the slum problem.

Dr Ruth McManus is Associate Professor in Geography and Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the current President of the Geographical Society of Ireland.

Ruth is the author of Dublin 1910-1940: shaping the city and suburbs (2002 and 2021) and Crampton Built (2008), co-author of Building Healthy Homes: Dublin Corporation’s first housing schemes 1880-1925 (2021) and co-editor of Leaders of the City (2013). Her work includes articles on various aspects of urban geography, she is particularly interested in the nature of the urban and suburban landscape. She has many media appearances, including TV, radio and newspaper articles. Current projects include a book on the construction of twentieth-century Dublin, the Drumcondra fascicle for the RIA Irish Historic Towns Atlas new Dublin Suburbs series, research on lodgers, and explorations into housing in provincial towns. She is an editor of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas and a member of the International Commission on the History of Towns.

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