The new Political Geography editorial team for 2016 (and beyond?) is now in place. James Sidaway, Jo Sharp, and I will be joined by two new associate editors: Halvard Buhaug, from the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Fiona McConnell, from Oxford University. Halvard and Fiona both currently serve on the journal’s editorial board and have a long history assisting in directing the journal. They both come to the journal with a wealth of experience in journal editing and management, as well as being leading scholars in the field. In addition to Halvard and Fiona, James Sidaway will be continuing on as associate editor and Jo Sharp will have her remit expanded from reviews editor to associate editor with responsibility for the entire ‘Setting the Agenda’ section (guest editorial, review essays, review forums, etc.).
It’s with a sense of humility (yes, really, I do have humility) that I find myself stepping into the shoes of John O’Loughlin, who has been steering political geography’s flagship journal since 2000, as well as the even deeper shoes (wellies?) of Peter Taylor who founded the journal in 1982. I’m not envisioning holding the editor-in-chief post as long as either of them, but with this excellent team of associate editors now in place I expect the journal to flourish for quite some time.