Geography at Cambridge - news 2015-05-24T03:47:03+01:00 New study highlights the role of forests in addressing hunger 2015-05-08T00:00:00+01:00 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). Perspectives on the Nepal earthquake 2015-05-01T00:00:00+01:00 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 2015-04-30T00:00:00+01:00 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 2015-04-30T00:00:00+01:00 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. Charlie Barlow and Dr Charlotte Lemanski present at ESRC housing seminar 2015-03-25T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-03-24T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-03-16T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-03-11T00:00:00+00:00 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, New European Alternative Finance Report launched 2015-02-26T00:00:00+00:00 Two members of the Department of Geography, Mia Gray and Bryan Zhang, are co-authors of the new report Moving Mainstream: The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report. The report captures an estimated 85%-90% of Europe's online platform-based alternative finance market. Seen until recently as a niche activity, online alternative finance including equity-based crowdfunding and peer-to-peer business lending has become a vital and increasingly commonplace source of essential funding throughout Europe for SMEs, start-ups and many other businesses, says the report. Departmental Seminar with Prof. Richard Dawson (Newcastle University) on Thurs Feb. 26th 2015-02-25T00:00:00+00:00 Please join us for the second of this term's talks as part of the Department of Geography's Main Departmental Seminar Series with Prof. Richard Dawson (Newcastle University) on Thursday, February 26th at 4.15pm for his talk entitled 'Adapting Cities and Their Infrastructure to Global Change: An Integrated Modelling Approach to Understand Risks and Tradeoffs'. The seminar will be held in the Small Lecture Theatre in the Main Geography Building on the Downing Site and will be followed by drinks in the Common Room. After the seminar, a group will be going to dinner with Prof. Dawson. All welcome!