Geography at Cambridge - news 2016-05-24T16:37:10+01:00 Book Launch: Professor Matthew Gandy ‘Moth’ 2016-05-18T00:00:00+01:00 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 Prof Matthew Gandy book launch in Paris 2016-05-13T00:00:00+01:00 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. Ron Martin awarded prestigious Victoria Medal 2016-05-12T00:00:00+01:00 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' Rachel Meunier, Newnham College, wins Royal Geographical Society's Alfred Steers Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2015 2016-05-04T00:00:00+01:00 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'. Healthy saltmarshes for coastal defence 2016-05-03T00:00:00+01:00 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. The Green Revolution as Philanthropy 2016-04-19T00:00:00+01:00 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. Book Launch: Dr. Michele Lancione 'Rethinking Life at the Margins'. 2016-04-18T00:00:00+01:00 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. Olga Petri's publication selected for Editors' Choice 2016-04-18T00:00:00+01:00 Olga Petri, PhD student supervised by Dr Philip Howell, has had a publication nominated to be one of the five publications chosen by Miles Ogborn, Editor of Journal of Historical Geography to be highlighted in Editors' Choice. Editors' Choice provides a selection of content, hand-picked by journal editors. The publication is called 'At the bathhouse: municipal reform and the bathing commons in late Imperial St. Petersburg', Journal of Historical Geography, Volume 51, 2016. Sebastian Keibek wins new researcher's prize at the Economic History Society Conference 2016-04-18T00:00:00+01:00 Congratulations to Sebastian Keibek, a PhD student at CAMPOP, who was joint winner of the new researcher's prize at the Economic History Society 2016 Annual Conference, held on 1-3 April at Robinson College, Cambridge. The title of Sebastian's paper was: 'The regional and national male occupational structure of England and Wales, 1600-1820'. Global carnivore conservation at risk 2016-04-11T00:00:00+01:00 A new study confirms that the global conservation of carnivores is at risk. The paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, models future global land conversion and estimates this will lead to significant range loss and conflict with local people in regions critical for the survival of already threatened carnivore species. Professor Nigel Leader-Williams from the Department is one of the co-authors of the study. The study concludes that immediate action is needed to prevent habitat loss and conflict with humans in priority areas for carnivore conservation.