Web Presence of Academic Geographers: A Generational Divide?

Matthew W. Wilson, Sarah Starkweather

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The pervasiveness of the Internet in society has brought about changes in academia and shifts in the day-to-day practices of many academics. Here, the Web practices of academic geographers are specifically examined through an Internet-based survey, to better understand how these geographers both present themselves through the Internet and perceive the importance of such practices around Web presence. Situated within this increasing importance of the Internet as part of professional practice and the neoliberalization of the university, the changes in the teaching and research of academics are overviewed. We then discuss our findings, which indicate a relationship between generation and Web practices, and further reinforce the need for a more central discussion of the importance of Web presence within the context of a knowledge economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Web 2.0
  • Web presence
  • academic geographers
  • professionalization
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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