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# Releasing the Commons: in discussion with Professor Jeremy Gilbert

Releasing the Commons: in discussion with Professor Jeremy Gilbert

To mark the publication of Releasing the Commons: Rethinking the Futures of the Commons (Routledge, 2016), edited by Ash Amin and Philip Howell, the Department is delighted to welcome Professor Jeremy Gilbert to join us to discuss the theme of this collection: the challenges facing the global commons. Jeremy is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London, and is a noted analyst of contemporary politics and radical democracy. He is a regular commentator in the progressive media, and his most recent book is Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism (Pluto Press, 2013). This discussion will be held in the Department of Geography on Thursday, 29th September, at 4pm.

Releasing the Commons results from the Department of Geography's major international symposium, The Shrinking Commons?, which took place on 8-9 September 2014. The book contains contributions from the department's Alex Jeffrey and Sarah Radcliffe, joining Nick Blomley, Maria Fannin, J.K. Gibson-Graham (with Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy), Natalie Fenton, Bruce Lankford, Colin Mcfarlane (with Renu Desai), Adam Reed, Marilyn Strathern, and the late John Urry - whose passing we wish to commemorate at the same time as we celebrate his enormously influential body of work and commitment to social justice.

# Book prize for Matthew Gandy

Book prize for Matthew Gandy

'The Fabric of Space' by Professor Matthew Gandy has won an award for "the most innovative book in planning history" from the International Planning Historical Society (IPHS). The announcement was made public on Wednesday 20th July at the 17th IPHS Conference in Delft, The Netherlands. This award was eligible to books written in English, based on original new research and published in 2014-2015. This prize is awarded biannually. Congratulations to Matthew.

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# Matthew Gandy elected Fellow of the British Academy

Matthew Gandy elected Fellow of the British Academy

Professor Matthew Gandy has been elected Fellow of the British Academy. The Academy elected 42 distinguished UK academics as Fellows, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research. Their research areas span the breadth of humanities and social science.

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# Book Launch: Professor Matthew Gandy ‘Moth’

Book Launch: Professor Matthew Gandy ‘Moth’

Prof Matthew Gandy and Reaktion Books are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Moth', a bold and fascinating new guide to these denizens of the night. (Read selected pages.) Matthew will be joined by Professor Susan Owens, Professor Steve Connor, and Jonathan Burt (series editor). Please join us for an evening in the shadows.

Thursday 9th June, Periodicals Room, Library, Department of Geography, 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Wine reception to follow. All are welcome. RSVP to lk352@cam.ac.uk.

# Ron Martin awarded prestigious Victoria Medal

Ron Martin awarded prestigious Victoria Medal

Professor Ron Martin been awarded the highly prestigious Victoria Medal for 2016 by the the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers 'for outstanding contributions to the field of economic geography, especially with respect to advances in regional economic development theory'

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# Prof Matthew Gandy book launch in Paris

Prof Matthew Gandy book launch in Paris

Prof Matthew Gandy was in Paris, France on Thursday 12th May for the launch of his book 'Ecologie queer: Nature, sexualité et hétérotopie' translated by Olivier Piona. The book is a translation of Matthew's article that originally appeared in the journal "Society and Space" along with a range of additional photographs and materials. Matthew was joined at Les Mots A La Bouche by Anne Querrien, and introduced by Alessio Kolioulis.

# Rachel Meunier, Newnham College, wins Royal Geographical Society's Alfred Steers Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2015

Rachel Meunier, Newnham College, wins Royal Geographical Society's Alfred Steers Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2015

Rachel Meunier, who graduated from the Geography Department with a Frist Class degree in July 2015, was selected as a winner of the 2015 Royal Geographical Society's Alfred Steers UG Dissertation Prize for her project entitled 'Bridging Urban Divides? The Clichy-Batignolles Urban Development Project, Paris'.

Rachel's dissertation was described by the judges as 'an extremely engaging and well-structured piece of work, with clear thinking, research and writing throughout'. They were particularly impressed by her 'exploration of the idea that shared spaces may also be contested, thus having the opposite effect of that desired'. It is for these reasons, amongst others, that Rachel's work stood out from all the dissertations reviewed, and was considered an 'exceptionally fine piece of undergraduate research'.

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# Healthy saltmarshes for coastal defence

Healthy saltmarshes for coastal defence

During the last month, the consortium of the European 'FAST' Project celebrated their second general assembly in Cadiz (Spain). The consortium concluded that after two years of collecting data in the field, making great advances in satellite image analysis and interacting with potential end-users, they have enough information to refine the Basic prototype of the MI-SAFE tool. This innovative product will provide easily accessible information about individual saltmarshes of use to scientists, managers and citizens. The tool will allow the user to assess the importance of the flood defence services provided by coastal ecosystems, on European shores and beyond.

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# The Green Revolution as Philanthropy

For the last number of weeks, HistPhil - a web publication on the history of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors - has hosted a forum on the Green Revolution. In the latest post, Dr. David Nally explains how elite ideas about saving the poor and 'reforming the world' contributed to the making of the Green Revolution.

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# Book Launch: Dr. Michele Lancione 'Rethinking Life at the Margins'.

Book Launch: Dr. Michele Lancione 'Rethinking Life at the Margins'.

On Thursday 21st April at 4pm in the Geography Department Seminar Room we will host a special event, sponsored by the Societies, Markets and States research cluster, celebrating the launch of Dr Michele Lancione's new edited collection entitled 'Rethinking Life at the Margins. The assemblage of contexts, subjects and politics' (Routledge, 2016).

Dr Lancione will present the book followed by interventions from three of the book's authors, Dr Eszter Krasznai Kovacs (Cambridge), Dr Tatiana Thieme (UCL) and Dr Francisco Calafate-Faria (Goldsmith). Discussion will be initiated by Prof. Ash Amin and then opened to the public.

The launch will be followed by wine and nibbles in the Common Room, sponsored by our research group. All are welcome.


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