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ENTER YOUR THESIS FOR THE EGRG PHD PRIZE 2016

The EGRG committee is pleased to announce the details of the 2016 EGRG postgraduate thesis competition. Each year, we award a £100 prize to the best PhD dissertation in the field of economic geography (broadly defined).

The prize is kindly sponsored by Sage.  Previous winners are listed on the EGRG website: http://www.egrg.rgs.org/prizes/

In order to be considered for the award, please email an electronic version of the thesis to j.johns@liverpool.ac.uk by Friday 29th January 2016. This must an absolutely final version of a thesis that has passed the degree for which it has been submitted at a UK institution during 2015.

If you have any doubts about eligibility, please email Jenny Johns, EGRG Prize Coordinator.  The theses will be reviewed by the EGRG committee and we will announce the winners in April/May 2016.



Aidan Wong wins 2015 EGRG PhD Prize

IMG_4256[1]Many congratulations to Dr Aidan Wong who has been awarded the Economic Geography Research Group 2015 PhD Prize for a thesis entitled:

The Politics of Urban Waste Collection and Recycling Global Production Networks in Singapore and Malaysia

Aidan completed his PhD in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London.  He is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore.  Aidan’s thesis also won the 2015 PhD Prize in Economic Geography awarded by the Association of American Geographers.  We understand that this is the first time that someone has won the double in this way!

The EGRG prize judges commented on the highest standards of scholarship and academic attainment evidenced across this year’s entries, and look forward to judging the next round (calls for entries to be announced later this year).



New Chair of EGRG

faulconbridgealex hughesAfter 3 years of hard work as Chair of EGRG, Alex Hughes stood down at the August 2015 AGM in Oxford, at the Fourth Global Conference in Economic Geography.  She is succeeded by James Faulconbridge.  Many thanks to Alex, and good luck to James!



In the Business of Economic Geography

NEW PROJECT TRACKS THE MOVEMENT OF ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHERS INTO BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

Recent years have witnessed a noticeable migration of economic geographers from Departments of Geography (or Geography programmes more broadly defined) to Business and Management and related research centres.

The aim of this research project is to assess the scale of this trend and its broader implications for teaching, research and capacity building in Economic Geography, and its consequences for Human Geography in the UK.

Check out the project webpages for more detail: www.egrg.rgs.org/business-of-econ-geog

This project is financially supported by the EGRG and RGS-IBG and focuses specifically on UK Economic Geography in the first instance.

Key Contacts: Mike Bradshaw (Warwick), Al James (QMUL), Neil Coe (NUS), James Faulconbridge (Lancaster), Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG).  With valued RGS-IBG intern support from Anna Geatrell (LSE).



EGRG Undergrad Prize Winner 2014

Many congratulations to Yasmin Merican at the University of Edinburgh who has been awarded the Economic Geography Research Group 2014 Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation for a study entitled:

‘All food is ethical: exploring the negotiation of everyday ethics and ethical food’

There were eight entries this year and all reflected the highest standards of scholarship and academic attainment.

New for 2014, the EGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize is sponsored by Sage. Yasmin receives a copy of Global Shift, The Sage Handbook of Economic Geography, and a further £150 worth of Sage books.

 

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4th Global Conference in EconGeog, Oxford 2015

Announcing the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Oxford, 19-22 August 2015. 

View the conference flyer here.

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Oxford conf flyerThe Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, titled Mapping Economies in Transformation, will take place in Oxford, UK, on 19-22 August 2015. Building on the success of previous global conferences held in Singapore, Beijing and Seoul, the Conference is expected to attract hundreds of scholars with the objective to foster interdisciplinary worldwide dialogue on the state of the art and the future agenda of economic geography.

Key themes of the conference will include: consumption, digital, emerging, financial, green, innovation, labour, political, resource, regional, social, and urban economies, as well as epistemologies for understanding the world in transformation.

Announcement made on behalf of:
Professor Dariusz Wojcik <dariusz.wojcik@spc.ox.ac.uk>
School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford

Previous conferences:
Global Conference on Economic Geography, Singapore (2000) 
Second Global Conference on Economic Geography, Beijing (2007)
Third Global Conference on Economic Geography, Seoul (2011)



EGRG Annual Symposium 2014 – See Photos

Generating Research Impact: Ethics, Politics and Practices

Date: Tuesday 26th August 2014

Venue: Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Jointly organised by RGS-IBG Research Groups: EGRG, DARG, SCGRG and PolGRG

FINAL PROGRAMME (download as PDF)

This hugely successful workshop took place on the day before the 2014 annual international conference of the RGS (with IBG). It brought together academics, including postgraduates, from across human geography to facilitate a critical focus and debate on the nature and implications of research impact, from research group perspectives across the discipline, including thinking more broadly and critically about what research impact means to us, and how it affects our work. The event included group and roundtable debate, facilitated by five keynote talks.

VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE SYMPOSIUM HERE here

 

 



Sage Sponsors EGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

 

EGRG is pleased to announce that new for 2014, the EGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize is proudly sponsored by Sage. Winners receive copies of Global Shift, The Sage Handbook of Economic Geography, and a further £150 worth of Sage books.  For more information on the EGRG prizes and how to enter click here.

The winner of the 2014 UG prize will be announced – along with the PhD Prize winner – at the EGRG AGM,1.10pm to 2.25pm on Wednesday 27th August 2014. The Venue is the Lowther Room at the Royal Geographical Society.  See you there.

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Register Now for EGRG Annual Symposium: 26 August 2014, London

Generating Research Impact: Ethics, Politics and Practices

Date: Tuesday 26th August 2014

Venue: Education Centre, Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Jointly organised by RGS-IBG Research Groups: EGRG, DARG, SCGRG and PolGRG

This workshop will take place on the day before the 2014 annual international conference of the RGS (with IBG). It brings together academics, including postgraduates, from across human geography to facilitate a critical focus and debate on the nature and implications of research impact, from research group perspectives across the discipline, including thinking more broadly and critically about what research impact means to us, and how it affects our work. The event includes group and roundtable debate, facilitated by five keynote talks.

Programme:

10:00-10:30 Registration & coffee

10:30-10:45 Welcome from Alex Hughes & introductions

10:45-12:00 Session 1: Tracking & Embedding Impact (Chair: Steve Musson)

  • Dr Martin Walsh (Global Research Adviser, Oxfam GB, & Member of REF Main Panel C): Researching impacts: emerging lessons from the development sector
  • Group discussion: How do we embed & track impact? How might we work with organisations to do this, and what are the challenges?

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Session 2: Politics, Consequences & Communication of Impact (Chair: Rebecca Sandover)

  • Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff School of Planning & Geography): The politics of sustainable school food reform (project recognised in ESRC Impact Annual Awards 2013)
  • Hazel Edwards (Senior Engagement Manager – Arts & Humanities, Durham University): Research impact through partnership: the case of a Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum project
  • Group discussion: How do we conduct research that shapes public policy/engagement? How do we address the political challenges associated with the generation & consequences of research impact? How do we communicate research impact?

14:30-15:00 Tea/coffee

15:00-16:30 Session 3: Conceptualising Impact & its Pathways (Chair: Karen Lai)

  • Eloise Mellor (ESRC): Overview of ESRC’s current visions of impact
  • Professor Nina Laurie (Newcastle University): Conceptualising impact in the global South: the case of a trafficking project
  • Group discussion: How do we conceptualise and create pathways to impact? What kinds of skills are required to foster impact?

16:30 Workshop closes

18:15 RGS-IBG 2014 Annual conference opens

 

The event is free to students (current, registered graduate or doctoral studies), and £16 for all others.

To register for the event, you can book in one of two ways: (i) through the RGS website and online booking system (to add the workshop to your RGS annual conference booking) at www.rgs.org/AC2014Workshops or, if you are not attending the annual conference, (ii) by e-mailing Alex.Hughes@ncl.ac.uk and sending a cheque (if you are paying) for £16 made payable to ‘EGRG’ to Alex Hughes, School of Geography, Politics & Sociology, 5th Floor Claremont Tower, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU by 6th August.

 



EGRG sponsors 8 sessions at RGS-IBG 2014