Geography at Cambridge - news 2014-10-01T13:12:58+01:00 Geography undergraduate dissertation wins national prize 2014-09-30T00:00:00+01:00 A dissertation by a Geography undergraduate has won a Royal Geographical Society (RGS) prize. Jen Durrant, a Sidney Sussex geographer who graduated in 2014, won the award from the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group of the RGS for her dissertation examining the geographies of a homeless hostel. Congratulations to Jen. New study finds Greenland Ice Sheet more vulnerable to climate change 2014-09-29T00:00:00+01:00 Research by Dr. Marion Bougamont and Dr. Poul Christoffersen at the Scott Polar Research Institute shows that the massive ice sheet covering most of Greenland is more vulnerable to climate change than earlier estimates have suggested. In addition to assessing the impact of increased levels of surface melting on ice flow, the new research also takes into account the role that soft, spongy ground beneath the ice sheet plays in its changing dynamics. The study concludes that there is a limit on how much water can be stored in the soft ground beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet, and this makes it sensitive to climate change as well as to increased frequency of short-lived, but extreme, meteorological events including rainfall and heat waves. The findings are published 29 September in the journal Nature Communications. Valuing what nature does for us 2014-09-08T00:00:00+01:00 Staff from the Department of Geography have been involved in a large collaborative effort to produce the first widely accessible, interactive Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) that was launched online on 8th September to coincide with the 7th Annual Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Costa Rica. Prof. Nick Blomley Seminar 4pm Friday 12th September 2014-09-01T00:00:00+01:00 On Friday 12th September 4pm Professor Nick Blomley (Simon Fraser University) will present a Geography Seminar entitled 'The Space of Property' in the Department's Small Lecture Theatre. Professor Blomley has pioneered work examining the relationship between law and space, drawing on a wide array of empirical examples. This seminar is open to all. New book on criminal corpses 2014-08-21T00:00:00+01:00 A new book by Shane McCorristine has been published: William Corder and the Red Barn Murder: Journeys of the Criminal Body (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). This book, written as part of a Wellcome Trust project at the University of Leicester, looks at the notorious killing of Maria Martin at the Red Barn in Polstead, Suffolk, by William Corder in 1827. Corder's arrest and trial in 1828 were sensational events and his subsequent hanging made him into a celebrity criminal, endlessly brought back to life by preachers, ballad singers, anatomists and theatre managers. Corder's corpse was anatomised, skinned, and galvanised, and some of his body parts are still available to be viewed by the public in the Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, serving as an example of how criminal bodies have historically been commoditised in order to 'curate' crime. Fixed-term Lectureship in Human Geography 2014-08-05T00:00:00+01:00 The Department currently has a vacancy for a Lecturer in Human Geography, working in the areas of historical, political and/or economic geography. The post is available from 1 October 2014 to 30 June 2016. The successful candidate will also be considered for a Bye-Fellowship at Fitzwilliam College for the same period. College duties will be separately remunerated, and will include up to four hours per week of supervision (small group teaching). IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress 2014-07-30T00:00:00+01:00 We are delighted to announce that one of our PhD students, Dave McLaughlin, has been awarded a prestigious AHRC/ESRC IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress. Dave will commence his research in Michaelmas 2014. IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress 2014-07-14T00:00:00+01:00 We are delighted to announce that one of our PhD students, Ave Lauren, has been awarded a prestigious AHRC/ESRC IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress. Geography PhD student in Nature Climate Change, July 2014 2014-07-01T00:00:00+01:00 A new article published by PhD student, David Christian Rose, his first academic publication, discusses 'five ways' in which researchers might enhance the impact of climate science. In recognising that evidence is just one factor in a complex decision-making process, climate scientists would do well to 1) reject an evidence-based mindset to presenting knowledge, and 2) adopt an evidence-informed approach allowing knowledge to be persuasive after interaction with other factors. As part of this mindset, climate scientists should 3) not overrate certainty of evidence, 4) tell good news stories, and 5) re-frame climate science to be policy relevant whenever possible. Rose, D.C. (2014) 'Five ways to enhance the impact of climate science', Nature Climate Change, 4 (7) (25 June 2014): 522–524. The Shrinking Commons Symposium 2014-06-24T00:00:00+01:00 On 8-9 September 2014, the department will be hosting a major international Symposium, 'The Shrinking Commons', to debate the changing nature of the commons and the intellectual and political challenges posed by the changes. All are welcome to the public lectures that form part of the Symposium.