Geography at Cambridge - news 2015-02-27T13:04:28+00:00 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. Vacancy for a 12-month Lectureship in Human Geography 2015-01-21T00:00:00+00:00 The Department is currently advertising a 12-month Lectureship in Human Geography, with a closing date of 12 February. Further information is available. Phil Gibbard awarded the James Croll Medal 2014 2015-01-10T00:00:00+00:00 Professor Phil Gibbard was awarded the prestigious James Croll Medal 2014 by Quaternary Research Association at the 2015 Annual Discussion Meeting in Edinburgh on 6 January 2015. The medal, the Association's highest award, was given in recognition of Phil's outstanding contributions to the field of Quaternary Science. The award reflects Phil's broad-ranging and cutting edge research across glacial, periglacial and interglacial stratigraphy, and his outstanding contributions to national and international committees including the QRA, INQUA and the ICS' Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy. Nereus PhD studentship 2015-01-07T00:00:00+00:00 Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship on the Nereus programme, with the topic of Mangroves, Fisheries and Community Livelihoods. Deadline for application is 4th February. The social risks of using drones for conservation 2014-12-10T00:00:00+00:00 Drones are increasingly used to monitor habitat change and to catch poachers. But what might be the social implications of these activities, and could they undermine human rights and conservation objectives in the long term? Chris Sandbrook, the Lecturer in Conservation Leadership, was interviewed on this topic for the BBC Radio 4 Shared Planet series, first broadcast on Tuesday 9th December. You can listen to the interview, which starts about 20 minutes into the episode.