Geography at Cambridge - news 2015-04-19T22:00:10+01:00 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! New book on Population, Welfare and Economic Change in Britain published 2015-02-19T00:00:00+00:00 A new book edited by Chris Briggs, P.M. Kitson and S.J. Thompson has been published: Population, Welfare and Economic Change in Britain, 1290-1834 (Boydell & Brewer, 2014). This book grew out of a conference on 'Population, economy and welfare, c.1200-2000' held in Cambridge in 2011. CAMPOP featured by ESRC as one of greatest achievements in social science research 2015-02-02T00:00:00+00:00 Today the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (CAMPOP) is featured by the ESRC for its achievement in transforming our knowledge of Britain's demographic past. This is part of a year-long celebration of the social sciences and how they have contributed to society by the ESRC to mark their 50th anniversary. Geography Seminar Series: Prof. Melissa Leach, Institute of Development Studies (Feb. 5th) 2015-01-30T00:00:00+00:00 Please join us for the first of this term's talks as part of the Department of Geography's Main Departmental Seminar Series with Prof. Melissa Leach (Institute of Development Studies) on Thursday, February 5th at 4.15pm. Prof. Leach is currently the Director of the Institute of Development Studies. Until recently, she directed the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre. She trained as a Geographer here at Cambridge and holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from SOAS. Her talk, entitled 'Ebola and beyond: Interlaced inequalities, unsustainabilities and insecurities in a global development era,' promises to be an excellent one, and we hope many of you can attend! Valley on South Georgia named after Nigel Leader-Williams 2015-01-26T00:00:00+00:00 The Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has approved the name Leader Valley for British Use for a previously unnamed feature on the Barff Peninsula of South Georgia. The Valley is named after Professor Nigel Leader-Williams for his work on reindeer populations on South Georgia in the 1970s.