# Visit SPRI Prints
26th May, 2015
The Scott Polar Research Institute is pleased to offer high quality prints from our unique collection. Images are available in various sizes, framed or unframed. Visit SPRIPrints.com.
# Trinity College geography essay competition
20th May, 2015
Trinity College's annual Geography Essay Competition is now open to entrants. The competition is open to Year 12 students in UK schools. Essays should be on the following topic: "At a fundamental level, geography is the study of places. What is the most important place in the world, and why?"
Further details are available from the Trinity College website. Potential entrants can also contact Nick Cutler, the College's Director of Studies in Geography, for guidance. The closing date for entries is 30 June 2015.
# New study highlights the role of forests in addressing hunger
8th May, 2015
A new study, led by Dr Bhaskar Vira, and launched at the United Nations Forum on Forests meeting in New York, highlights the importance of forests and trees in responses to global hunger. More than 60 global scientists and experts (including Dr Chris Sandbrook from the Department) collaborated on the peer-reviewed publication "Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Assessment Report", which was coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). The report underlines the need for the most vulnerable groups in society to have secure access to forest foods. Although forests are not a panacea for global hunger, the report emphasizes that they play a vital role in complementing crops produced on farms. This is especially important when the staple food supply is impaired by droughts, volatile prices, armed conflicts, or other crises.
The study comes in the lead up to the United Nations' finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals, designed to address, among other global challenges, poverty and hunger. The report also provides useful insight into how the UN can respond to the "Zero Hunger Challenge," which aims to eliminate global hunger by 2025. Bhaskar has written a short blog on the key findings of the report, and the findings have been widely reported in the media, including the BBC.
# Perspectives on the Nepal earthquake
1st May, 2015
Typical Nepal mountain hazards were made worse by the recent earthquake. Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Willis, and PhD student Evan Miles contemplate the fate of people in a remote part of the country, where they have been doing research for the past two years.
# Dr Charlotte Lemanski awarded best Urban Studies journal paper of 2014
30th April, 2015
Dr Charlotte Lemanski has been awarded the best of paper of 2014 by the journal Urban Studies for her article "Hybrid gentrification in South Africa: theoretising across southern and northern cities", which was published in the November 2014 issue, Volume 51(14), pp2943-2960. The journal is now offering free access to this article.
Charlotte wrote a short blog post about the article when it was first published, and has also completed a vodcast related to the article and the award, which should be online soon.
# The Victorian dog: a new book on the historical and cultural geography of petkeeping
30th April, 2015
A new book on the historical and cultural geography of petkeeping has been published by the University of Virginia Press. In At Home and Astray: The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain, Philip Howell argues that the modern dog was 'invented' in the nineteenth century, with the rise of pet keeping installing dogs in the middle-class home at the same time as efforts were made to police 'stray' dogs off the public streets. Howell uses the dog's place in the Victorian city to shed light on the relationship between humans and animals in modernity. Discussing such notables as Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Carlyle, and Charles Darwin, and ranging from vivisection and the policing of rabies to pet cemeteries, dog shelters, and the practice of walking the dog, At Home and Astray contributes not only to the history of animals but also to our understanding of the Victorian era and its legacies.
"In the past few years nothing has given me greater pleasure to read than At Home and Astray. From the very beginning I was captivated by the issues it raised, the theoretical engagement demonstrated, and the beautifully clear, elegant, and wonderfully structured writing. There are other books on humans and dogs in the Victorian period, but none have the breadth or the nuanced intellectual sophistication of Howell's book."—Garry Marvin, Roehampton University, coeditor of The Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies
# Charlie Barlow and Dr Charlotte Lemanski present at ESRC housing seminar
25th March, 2015
Charlie Barlow (final year PhD student) and Dr Charlotte Lemanski were both invited to present their research related to mixed-income housing at an ESRC seminar on "Marketplace Exclusion: Representations, Resistances and Responses" organised by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.
Charlie Barlow spoke about his PhD research on mixed-income condominiums in Chicago, while Charlotte Lemanski spoke about her research on mixed-income housing developments in post-apartheid South Africa. The event attracted a mix of housing specialists including both academics and practioners.
# TalkScience: Scientists in Extreme Environments
24th March, 2015
Why do scientists work in extreme environments, and is it worth the financial and human cost? A discussion at The British Library on 25th March 2015.
Scientists travel to the tops of mountains, the polar regions and even outer space in order to conduct experiments, make observations and set up instruments. What have we learned from doing science in extreme environments? Is what we gain worth the high financial, and sometimes human, cost? Does exploring these places also make science a vehicle through which geopolitics is played out? Do we need to explore for the sake of exploration? University of Cambridge geographer and historian of science Dr Michael Bravo joined a panel discussion chaired by science journalist Dr Gabrielle Walker, along with Director of the British Antarctic Survey Professor Jane Francis, UCL anaesthetist and space medicine expert Dr Kevin Fong.
# Cambridge Science Festival Geography and UCCRI activity
16th March, 2015
The Geography Department event at the Cambridge Science Festival 2015 was a great success, with more than 150 visitors enjoying a range of activities from the study of salt marsh mud, to the measurement of waves in shallow water, playing a computer game to find out how to use the natural environment to protect against coastal flooding and looking at the weird and wonderful invertebrates that inhabit our tidal flats under the microscope, to reading about invasive species and learning about the habitat and behaviour of crayfish
# Science Festival event - Splash and Squelch
11th March, 2015
Saturday 14 March: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Department of Geography, Downing Place, CB2 3EN
An event for the Science Festival! Find out about the animals and plants that live on our coasts, try out a wave sensor, find out how to prepare for floods, meet a crayfish, and lots more... Explore the magic of muddy and watery places and find out why we need them. Brought to you by the Coastal Research Unit, Environmental Systems and Processes Group and University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute,