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# Departmental Seminars start today!

Departmental Seminars start today!

This year's series of Departmental Seminars start today (19th October 2017) with Professor Christine Lane and Professor Ulf Buentgen exploring 'Climate and History'. Christine Lane will present on 'Timing is everything. Using tephra to explore past climate and environmental change' and Ulf Buentgen on 'A tree-ring perspective on climate and history'. The seminar will take place in the Small Lecture Theatre at 3.30pm.

Later in the term we will be hosting talks from Joe Smith (Open University), Richard Streeter (St Andrews) and Richard Sennett (LSE).

# PANI, PAHAR Waters of the Himalayas

PANI, PAHAR Waters of the Himalayas

This collaborative research project explores the changing landscapes and escalating water crises of the Indian Himalayas. On Tuesday the 17 October a photography exhibition will open to the public as part of the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas and India Unboxed program. The exhibition combines academic research led by Professor Bhaskar Vira and Dr Eszter Kovacs at the Department of Geography (with collaborators in India and Nepal) with contemporary imagery by photojournalist Toby Smith and curated archival prints from the University Library and Centre for South Asian Studies.

On Friday the 27 October there will also be an opportunity to join Toby Smith, Prof Bhaskar Vira and Dr Eszter Kovacs to discuss stories, processes and research behind this fascinating project: 6pm, St John's Divinity School.

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# Cambridge Geography at the Festival of Ideas

Cambridge Geography at the Festival of Ideas

Cambridge Geographers are involved in a number of events as part of this year's Festival of Ideas on the theme of 'Truth'.

Dr David Nally is taking part in: 'GM Food: what's the problem?' on Tuesday 17 October

Professor Mike Hulme will be exploring: 'Climate Change: the Truth' on Thursday 19 October

While the Polar Museum is holding a Living in the Arctic Family Day (21 October) and a screening of the 1982 horror 'The Thing' (24 October).

# Anja Schmidt wins EGU Award

Congratulations to Department lecturer Dr Anja Schmidt who has been awarded an Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists by the European Geosciences Union.

# Criminalization of abortion in Ecuador

Criminalization of abortion in Ecuador

Sofia Zaragocin, a former PhD student at the Department of Geography and now Visiting Assistant Professor and Researcher, at the Department of Sociology and Gender, at FLACSO-Ecuador, has produced a map of the criminalisation of abortion in Ecuador. Comparing data from the period 2013-14 and 2015-June 2017, she and a team of geographers have documented a significant rise in the number of women facing criminal charges for abortion which remains illegal in the country.

Research work in Ecuador continues in the Department with Professor Sarah A. Radcliffe's ongoing research into the socio-spatial consequences of major policy reforms undertaken in the past decade, resulting from the re-writing of the constitution in 2008.

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# What is the future of the UK countryside post Brexit?

What is the future of the UK countryside post Brexit?

The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, led by Director Prof Bhaskar Vira, has convened a new online discussion platform on the future of the UK countryside post Brexit. The site includes contributes from a number of key thinkers in the area, and is introduced by Cambridge Geographer Hannah Wynton.

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# Learning from postneoliberalisms

Professor of Latin American Geography Sarah A. Radcliffe and co-authors have published a new paper in Progress in Human Geography entitled 'Learning from postneoliberalisms'.

The paper draws on experiments in South America and South Africa to incorporate social movement agendas for change into state policy and action. Sarah Radcliffe's section describes how in Ecuador the resulting neo-developmentalist government relies on diverse spatial data to allocate resources and organise territory, with uneven outcomes.

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# Win for Trial of the Century

Win for Trial of the Century

'Trial of the Century', the theatre production which included PhD student Ragnhild Dale as assistant director and researcher, and which was closely linked to her doctoral research, has won the Norwegian Critics Association Theatre Award 2017. The jury praised it as 'one of the most important reference works in recent political Norwegian performing arts'.

The production, which took place in February, staged the upcoming court case over the 23rd licensing round for petroleum in the Norwegian Barents Sea. Ragnhild worked with director Morten Traavik of and Pikene på Broen as co-producers.

# Insights of a field assistant

Insights of a field assistant

Part II student Charlotte Milbank blogs about her recent experiences as a field assistant in Burkina Faso. Charlotte has been assisting with Zoology PhD student Charlotte Payne's research into edible Shea caterpillars, and undertaking her own dissertation research on wild food consumption and strategies in Burkina Faso.

# Cambridge Geographer wins Food Geographies Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Cambridge Geographer wins Food Geographies Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Hannah Gillie, recent Cambridge Geography graduate (Fitzwilliam), has been awarded first place in the RGS-IBG Food Geographies Dissertation Prize. Hannah's dissertation 'Neighbourhood to Agrihood: Exploring the extent to which urban agriculture can support inclusive redevelopment in Detroit' impressed the panel in terms of its scope, ambitions and achievements, as well as the breadth of engagements she achieved with research partners.

Many congratulations!

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