Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Call for nominations

The HPGRG annually awards an Undergraduate Dissertation Prize of £50 for outstanding original work in the history and/or philosophy of human geography, physical geography or associated fields. We welcome nominations that examine geographical knowledge, discourses and practices in academia, but also within schools and the public sphere. Nominations are requested from Dissertation Supervisors or Heads of Department. The dissertation should have been completed within the past two years and be written in English. We welcome nominations not only from the UK but also from other countries. Depending on the number and quality of submissions, the prize may not be awarded every year.

Please direct all questions and submit an (unmarked) electronic copy of the dissertation with your letter of recommendation to Dr Pauline Couper and Dr Isla Forsyth. Deadline: 12 July (annually).

Prize history

The new HPGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize was first awarded in 2008. From 2008 to 2014, Dr Heike Jöns (Loughborough University) served as HPGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Officer. Since 2015, this role has been taken on by Dr Pauline Couper (York St John University).

The following awards have been made:

2016

Prize: Mirjami Lantto (University of Glasgow) “Experiencing River Landscapes: the Affective Capacity of Landscapes and its Potential in Environmental Management” [PDF, 5.5MB]

Commendation: Samuel Nutt (Durham University) “The Anxieties of Empire in Byron’s Turkish Tales: Exploring the Fiction in Postcolonial Geography”

2015

Prize: Kirsty Matthews (Durham University) “Mattering the Mind: Subjectivity and Not Knowing Within Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”

2014

Prize: Sebastian Koa (University of Oxford) “Propositions for a radically empirical geomorphology”

Commendation: Max Kirchner (University of Bristol) “Speaking truth to power: Theorising Edward Snowden’s Whistleblowing through Michel Foucault’s concepts of parrhesia and the event”

2013

Prize: Emily Nash (Queen Mary, University of London) “‘On the Wild Side’: The Geography Collective, public geographies and exploration”

2012

Two Prizes:

Emily Foulger (University of Nottingham) “A Woman’s Eye: Isabella Bird Bishop’s travels in the RGS-IBG archives”

Matthew Jones (University of Oxford) “Ordering mysteries? An historical geography of the Routledge expedition to Easter Island, 1913-16”

2011

Prize: Frances Rylands (University of Nottingham) “Flying with ‘only one wing’: rethinking mobility and place in contemporary theatre”

2010

Prize: Alexander Bello (University of Bristol) “Sensing the ‘non-representational’: a bodily exploration of the with the immaterialities of ‘playing pan’ using a ‘research-in-practice’ approach to creatively intervene in the folding of the world”

2009

Two Prizes:

Mark Hardwick (University of Edinburgh) “The Hottentot and the Discursive Impact of the Linnaean Watershed”

James Macadam (University of Oxford) “A maritime philosopher’s stone; Arthur Dobbs and the Northwest Passage during the Enlightenment”

2008

Prize: Tom Croll-Knight (University of Sheffield) “Every word that’s understood is a transaction: spacing citation and sampling in US rap music”

Two Commendations:

Thomas Lowish (King’s College London) “The 1882 British Married Women’s Property Act and the Property Holdings of Women in Victorian Society”

James Riley (University of Bristol) “Students’ perceptions of the relevance of the secondary school geography curriculum”

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