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# CRASSH Faculty Research Group funds for GENUS

Dr Lemanski has successfully received funds to run a CRASSH Faculty Research Group for the 2018-19 academic year, for the newly-launched Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements research group (GENUS). The funds will enable GENUS to meet regularly, to invite outside speakers, consolidate existing links, and extend their interests to new scholars and research projects.

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# Controls can help prevent hunting having an evolutionary impact

Reto Barblan, Bergün

An international team of researchers, including the Department's Professor Ulf Büntgen, studied the hunting of Alpine ibex, finding that due to tight regulations the hunting wasn't causing an evolutionary effect. Whilst ibex with longer than average horns are more likely to be shot than animals of the same age with shorter horns, tight hunting regulations meant that hunters tend to shoot as few animals as possible, and so too few are taken to cause an evolutionary effect.

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# Dr Lemanski awarded British Academy 'Writing Workshops' grant

Dr Charlotte Lemanski has been awarded a British Academy Writing Workshop Award, to run a workshop on 'Governing for Urban Inclusion' in collaboration with Dr Richard Ballard from the Gauteng City Regional Observatory in South Africa.

The workshop will take place towards the end of 2018 in Johannesburg, and will enable early-career scholars situated in South Africa to receive academic support in developing an article for submission to an international peer-review journal, as well as advice related to securing grants, and developing policy-briefs related to research.

# 2018 Open Days

The 2018 Department of Geography Open Days will take place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July.

Come along and find out what it is like to study with us!

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# Drs Ian Willis and Alison Banwell awarded Fellowships at the University of Colorado Boulder

Doug MacAyeal

Ian Willis and Alison Banwell have been awarded, respectively, a 1-year sabbatical fellowship and a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship to undertake collaborative work with Waleed Abdalati and Michael Willis (no relation!) at the Co-operative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. They will advance their current work investigating the surface hydrology of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and the surface hydrology and stability of Antarctic ice shelves.

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# New book: A Companion to Environmental Studies

A new student reference book has just been published by Routledge, 'A companion to environmental studies', edited by Mike Hulme, together with Noel Castree and Jim Proctor. The book presents a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of around 150 key issues, debates, concepts, approaches and questions that together define environmental studies today. The volume covers approaches from environmental and social science, all the way through to humanistic and post-natural perspectives on the biophysical world.

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# New interdisciplinary research group on energy and cities launched

A new inter-disciplinary research group 'Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements' that brings together colleagues from Engineering, Architecture, Geography and the Judge Business School has launched. This is based in the Infrastructural Geographies Research Group, with Dr Charlotte Lemanski as the geography lead.

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# Geographies of Knowledge annual lecture: Esther Turnhout, 10th May

Professor Esther Turnhout, Professor in forest and nature conservation policy, Wageningen University, will be speaking on "Space of Biodiversity Expertise" for the Geographies of Knowledge group's annual lecture.

In this talk, Esther explores a number of sites where biodiversity expertise is produced. These will include examples in the Netherlands and draw on her experiences as an expert and lead author for the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Particular focus will be on two interrelated logics that are prominent in biodiversity expertise: that of policy relevance and that of assessment. Esther's argument is that these two logics together prioritise model projections over other forms of expertise. The lecture concludes by discussing the scope for doing things differently and breaking through dominant logics.

4.30pm-5.30pm, Thursday 10th May 2018
Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography, Downing Site

# Professor Bhaskar Vira awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Busk Medal

Nick Saffell

Congratulations to Professor Bhaskar Vira, who has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Busk Medal in recognition of his interdisciplinary research on economy, environment and development. The medal will be presented on 4 June as part of the Society's Annual General Meeting in London.

Bhaskar Vira is Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Geography, and Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, and interdisciplinary research centre looking at biodiversity.

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# Dr Somaiyeh Falahat releases new book "Cities and Metaphors".

Dr Somaiyeh Falahat has released a new book Cities and Metaphors. Introducing a new concept of urban space,the book encourages a theoretical realignment of how the city is experienced, thought and discussed.

Dr Falahat is currently a Feodor-Lynen research fellow at Department of Geography and a research associate at Trinity Hall college, University of Cambridge. Her recent research explores milieus of urban modernity in the early 20th century Tehran.

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