Geography at Cambridge - news 2014-12-20T17:49:07+00:00 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. David Stoddart (1937-2014) 2014-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 The Department records, with great sadness, the death of David Ross Stoddart (1937-2014) on 23 November 2014. David was a member of the Department of Geography between 1956 and 1988. Professor of Geography vacancy 2014-11-17T00:00:00+00:00 The Board of Electors to the Professorship of Geography (1993) invite applications for this Professorship, to take up appointment as soon as possible. Preference will be given to persons whose work is connected with Physical Geography. Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in Physical Geography and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. Does it help conservation to put a price on nature? 2014-11-13T00:00:00+00:00 Putting a price on the services which a particular ecosystem provides may encourage the adoption of greener policies, but it may come at the price of biodiversity conservation. Writing in the journal Science, Professor Bill Adams of the Department argues that assigning a quantitative value to nature does not automatically lead to the conservation of biodiversity, and may in fact contribute to species loss and conflict. UCCRI student reports from Future Earth meeting 2014-11-06T00:00:00+00:00 Following a global call for participants, Jasper Montana, a PhD student in the Department and the Conservation Research Institute was selected to attend the DIVERSITAS celebrations event in Spain last month. DIVERSITAS is an international programme of biodiversity science, established to address the complex questions posed by major environmental changes facing the planet. This event marked the closure of DIVERSITAS and its transition into the new Future Earth initiative. The Ethnographic Experiment 2014-11-04T00:00:00+00:00 On 4th November Tim Bayliss-Smith helped to organise the launch in St John's College of a recently published book entitled The Ethnographic Experiment: A. M. Hocart and W.H.R. Rivers in Island Melanesia, edited by Edvard Hviding and Cato Berg (Berghahn, Oxford, 2014). The book examines an expedition to Solomon Islands in 1908 led by William Rivers, who was a Cambridge psychologist, social anthropologist and, later on, a pioneer of psychoanalysis. Connecting health research and disaster research: global health, disaster risk reduction and disaster response 2014-10-27T00:00:00+00:00 The Environmental Systems and Processes Research Group is delighted to welcome Dr Ilan Kelman to the Department on Tuesday, 28th October. Dr Kelman, Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London, will talk on 'Connecting health research and disaster research: global health, disaster risk reduction and disaster response' in the Small Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography at 1pm. Dr David Turnbull workshop on nation state and sovereignty 2014-10-21T00:00:00+01:00 The Nature, Cultures, Knowledges research group is delighted to host Dr David Turnbull for an early career workshop at the Geography Department on Wednesday, October 22nd, 11-12.30pm. The title of the workshop is "The Nation State and Sovereignty: Renarrations, Reterritorialisations, and Keeping the Commons Alive: Bringing Performativity, Connectivity, Movement and Embodied Cognition to the Task". Dr Turnbull is a Senior Research Fellow at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at Melbourne University and will be known to many people for his thought-provoking writings on topics as varied as postcolonialism; indigenous mapping; narrative traditions of space; and performativity. The workshop will be attended by a group of early career researchers encompassing postgraduates and postdoctoral students. Festival of Ideas 2014 2014-10-16T00:00:00+01:00 The Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2014 is taking place between Monday 20th October and Sunday 2th November. Members of the Department of Geography will be taking part in a number of talks. Anthropocene: is this the new epoch of humans? 2014-10-16T00:00:00+01:00 Ian Sample, the Guardian science editor discusses the possible definition of a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, as geologists, climate scientists, ecologists – and a lawyer – gather in Berlin for talks on whether to rename age of human life. While acknowledging humanity's terrifying impact on the Earth's natural systems, Professor Phil Gibbard of the Department of Geography questions the necessity of this definition.