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Professor Andy Blowers OBE receives prestigious US award from the American Geographical Society

By Jim McGinlay - 16 April 2018, 09:56

Professor Andy Blowers, OBE has been awarded the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal by the American Geographical Society in recognition of his ‘outstanding work on the dynamic relationship between human culture and natural resources'.

Food self-provisioning by active gardeners and environmental sustainability: new paper by Jan Vávra, Petr Danĕk and Petr Jehlička

By Jim McGinlay - 21 March 2018, 12:35

A new paper published by Jan Vávra, Petr Danĕk and Petr Jehlička sheds light on the environmental sustainability of active gardeners' food self-provisioning practices. Such gardeners are highly self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables, contributing to savings on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as using mainly natural fertilisers and avoiding car travel. Yet despite this, they are not primarily motivated in their food growing by environmental protection issues.

Webinar: 'This time it’s different’ . . . and why it matters: the shifting geographies of money, finance and risks'

By Jim McGinlay - 7 March 2018, 17:37

Watch a recording of the YSI Urban and Regional Economics WG, Financial Stability WG and Inequality WG webinar "This time it’s different’ . . . and why it matters: the shifting geographies of money, finance and risks", with Prof. Michael Pryke (The Open University, UK), which originally took place took place on March 28, 2018.

Shonil Bhagwat publishes new edited volume on conservation and development in India

By Jim McGinlay - 7 March 2018, 09:55

Despite decades of efforts to integrate conservation and development, India is torn between two very different worldviews of peoples’ place in the country’s natural environment. This book takes a critical look at nature conservation and poverty alleviation in India.

Who's Who - Dr Peter Wood

By Jim McGinlay - 26 February 2018, 11:29

Find out about Dr Peter Wood's role as Coordinator on Geography Matters, and on Brexiting and sustainable transport projects.

Dr Petr Jehlička gives opening keynote in Riga, Latvia

By Emma Burnett - 2 January 2018, 11:17

On the 13th-14th October, Dr Petr Jehlička gave the opening keynote of the conference on Alternative food supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards new grounds for interpretation and collaboration organised by The Baltic Studies Centre and the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia.

Culture and Climate Change: experiments in collaboration and engagement

By Emma Burnett - 6 November 2017, 16:19

On Thursday 16th November, 4.15pm Professor Joe Smith & Dr Renata Tyszczuk will be giving a seminar at Cambridge's Geography Department. They draw together learning from two decades of experiments in public engagement in climate change working with broadcast media, artists, museums and other cultural and community partners to support better public understanding of and debate about climate change and sustainability

New paper from Michael Pryke and John Allen

By Emma Burnett - 28 October 2017, 11:14

Michael Pryke and John Allen have recently published a new paper: Financialising Urban Water Infrastructure: Extracting Local Value, Distributing Value Globally.

OU contribution to the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

By Emma Burnett - 6 September 2017, 11:07

Avi Boukli and Tendayi Bloom participated in the thematic meetings relating to smuggling and trafficking of persons at the UN in Vienna at the beginning of September. They attended the meetings and gave a spoken intervention on behalf of The Open University, based on research into private sector migration management.

OpenSpace Researchers at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference

By Emma Burnett - 23 August 2017, 14:07

The Royal Geographical Society’s (with the Institute of British Geographers) annual conference will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, from Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September, 2017.

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