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May 2011<strong>eDoG</strong>The electronic <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong>the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>issue four www.geog.qmul.ac.ukResearch in the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>High qualityresearch is whatdistinguishes topuniversities. Thisissue <strong>of</strong> <strong>eDoG</strong>highlights thediverse ways inwhich the School<strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>* atQMUL sustains itsrole as the leaderin geographicalresearch amongstUK universities.* from the academic year 2010 – 2011, thename <strong>of</strong> the Department <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> hasbeen changed to School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> sobringing it into line with changes elsewherein QMUL. A short description <strong>of</strong> the Schoolfollows later in this edition <strong>of</strong> <strong>eDoG</strong>.ESRC Doctoral Training Centre<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong> has, togetherwith Goldsmiths College - itsconsortium partner - beenawarded an Economic andSocial Research CouncilDoctoral Training Centre. Thisis a major achievement. It isthe first outcome <strong>of</strong> the ESRC’snew national PostgraduateTraining Framework involving anational network <strong>of</strong> institutionalor consortia level DoctoralTraining Centres (DTC) andDoctoral Training Units (DTU)intended to provide the verybest training provision in thesocial sciences. Only thoseinstitutions recognized byESRC as DTCs or DTUs areeligible to receive ESRCpostgraduate research grants.Without such recognition, thismost prestigious stream <strong>of</strong>funding for postgraduatework would be cut <strong>of</strong>f.The primary purpose <strong>of</strong> the new frameworkis further to enhance provision forpostgraduate training in the UK by buildingupon the considerable strengths that alreadyexist across the social science researchbase. The QMUL/Goldsmiths DTC willprovide training in 13 disciplines:Anthropology, Business Management,Cultural Studies, Economics, EducationalStudies, <strong>Geography</strong>, Media andCommunications, Politics, Psychology,Social Work, Socio-Legal Studies,Sociolinguistics and Sociology spreadacross the two institutions.The new framework introduces a higherdegree <strong>of</strong> selectivity as fewer centres arerecognized for the receipt <strong>of</strong> ESRCpostgraduate studentships. Eachapplication was assessed by six peerreviewers and two internal assessorsas well as in the exhaustive discussionswithin the relevant committee’s <strong>of</strong> the ESRC.Unsurprisingly, only just over one third <strong>of</strong> allapplications from the UK were approved. It isespecially pleasing that the School <strong>of</strong><strong>Geography</strong> was highlighted as one <strong>of</strong> thestrongest pathways for research training inthe bid from QMUL/Goldsmiths in whichQMUL was the lead applicantThe new DTC has an allocation <strong>of</strong> 10research studentships per year for fiveyears. This is an increase on the previouscombined allocations to QMUL andGoldsmiths and, in the context <strong>of</strong> thecurrent cuts to ESRC budgets and the HEsector in general consequent upon the UKgovernment’s Comprehensive SpendingReview, this is an excellent outcome.<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>


New Research CentreCentre for Studies <strong>of</strong> the HomeQMUL and the Geffrye MuseumAlison Blunt and Alastair OwensThe Centre for Studies <strong>of</strong> Home – a majornew research centre led by the School <strong>of</strong><strong>Geography</strong> – was launched in February 2011as a partnership between QMUL and TheGeffrye Museum. Home has become a keysite and subject <strong>of</strong> study across a range <strong>of</strong>academic disciplines and across the arts andcultural sectors. The new research centreaims to be a leading centre for internationalresearch on the home, fostering dialogue andcollaboration between those in the academyand in the arts and cultural sectors andbringing together the expertise <strong>of</strong> themuseum and university sectors so to provideinnovative opportunities todisseminate knowledge andunderstanding to adiverse range <strong>of</strong>audiences.Building onexistingteaching and research links between QMULand the Geffrye, the Centre will bring bothorganizations together in a long termpartnership. It is the outcome <strong>of</strong> a feasibilitystudy funded by the <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong> ProspectsFund.The significance <strong>of</strong> home as a researchtheme is reflected in the 30 or so scholarsworking at QMUL across a range <strong>of</strong>disciplines including <strong>Geography</strong>, History,English and Psychology. Within <strong>Geography</strong>,Alison Blunt works on home, empire anddiaspora and ideas about the city as home,Alastair Owens studies nineteenth centuryhouseholds, communities, material culturesand everyday life, and Isabel Dyck works onthe home, health and migration. A wide range<strong>of</strong> current and recently completed PhDstudents within <strong>Geography</strong> have focused onhome in their research, including AkileAhmet (home and identity for young men <strong>of</strong>mixed descent), Jayani Bonnerjee (the city ashome for Anglo-Indian and ChineseCalcuttans), <strong>Mary</strong> Guyatt (children, homeand empire, c1870–1950), Lesley Hoskins(household goods, domestic cultures anddifference in England and Wales,1841–81), Joanna Long (home,family and identity forPalestinians inBritain), SubhadraRoy (home forIndianstudentswww.geog.qmul.ac.uk<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong> 02


Research pr<strong>of</strong>ile: Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Catherine Nash (cont)<strong>of</strong> unity and differentiation have a very complexrelationship to ideas <strong>of</strong> ethnicity, nationhoodand race. A person’s individual choice toundertake a new genetic test to find out about‘deep ancestry’ is entangled with the widerscience, culture and politics <strong>of</strong> categorising anddifferentiating between people on the basis <strong>of</strong>genetic evidence <strong>of</strong> ancestry. In most cases,these tests are not incorporated into the formalways in which group membership is assigned,through citizenship in a state for example. Butthey have pr<strong>of</strong>ound implications for the ways inwhich belonging and identity are culturallyconfigured – the ways people considerthemselves and others as belonging or notbelonging in a particular society.Another question. ‘What does being Britishmean to a scientist?’ This is the opening line <strong>of</strong>the text that accompanies a video featuring thework <strong>of</strong> a project entitled People <strong>of</strong> the BritishIsles on the website <strong>of</strong> the biomedical charityThe Wellcome Trust. In its first phase, theproject aimed to produce a ‘genetic map <strong>of</strong> theBritish Isles’ by taking a total <strong>of</strong> 3500 bloodsamples from selected volunteers in 30locations across England, Wales, Scotland andNorthern Ireland. The idea for this rested onthe biomedical value <strong>of</strong> knowledge <strong>of</strong> regionalgenetic diversity in the UK and the widercultural and historical significance <strong>of</strong> studyingthe ‘genetic heritage <strong>of</strong> our present day UKpopulation’ or ‘modern Britons’ in terms <strong>of</strong> theancient history <strong>of</strong> the peopling <strong>of</strong> Britain byCelts, Saxons, Normans and Danes.Catherine is currently responding to thisarresting question <strong>of</strong> what Britishness maymean to scientists – how population geneticistsunderstand and address a complicatedcategory <strong>of</strong> identity like this - by considering theways in which recent studies <strong>of</strong> geneticvariation in Britain define and represent ‘ourpresent day UK population’. Her researchfocuses on the People <strong>of</strong> British Isles projectalong with a series <strong>of</strong> scientific and popularaccounts <strong>of</strong> how studies <strong>of</strong> genetic variationmay inform understandings <strong>of</strong> ancient history,ancestry and identity in Britain. It considerstheir relation to the long history <strong>of</strong> efforts toconstruct a collective British national originstory, and to debates about Britishmulticulturalism. Stories <strong>of</strong> ancient arrivalsneed to be considered in relation to thecomplex and continued patterns <strong>of</strong> migrationthat shape the country. To do so promptsimportant political questions such as whocounts as a ‘modern Briton’ in these geneticstudies; what is meant by the ‘we’ in ‘who do wethink we are’ or by the ‘our’ in ‘our commongenetic heritage’; are these inclusive or, moretroublingly, exclusive categories; and what arethe effects – not least political effects - <strong>of</strong>making them genetic? These are the vitalquestions driving Catherine’s research.Questions on national identity and ethnicity inthe 2011 censusSource:http://www.ons.gov.uk/census/2011 -census/2011 -census-questionnairecontent/index.html<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,05 <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>www.geog.qmul.ac.uk


Recent research grants in theSchool <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essorAngela GurnellAlong with colleagues inthe <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> Trentoand the Free <strong>University</strong><strong>of</strong> Berlin, Angela hasbeen awarded anErasmus Mundus JointDoctorate in Science for Management <strong>of</strong>Rivers and their Tidal Systems. This willprovide nine new funded PhD places in RiverScience in 2011-12, with similar sized annualintakes over the next five years. SMART is alaboratory-based EMJD that aims to developa reference approach in the area <strong>of</strong> RiverScience and to train scientists to develop andadopt integrated multidisciplinaryapproaches to the sustainable rehabilitationand maintenance <strong>of</strong> river corridorecosystems, particularly in alpine, humidtemperate and Mediterranean environments.The SMART EMJD couples an international,multidisciplinary and attractive researchenvironment with the transversal and specificskills training necessary to develop theabilities <strong>of</strong> doctoral candidates to thinkglobally and co-work in multidisciplinaryresearch teams and so deliver “new skills fornew jobs”.For more information see:http://www.riverscience.eu/Dr SteveCummins(see <strong>eDoG</strong>2)Steve has been awarded ahighly prestigious five yearNational Institute <strong>of</strong> HealthResearch Senior ResearchFellowship further to develop his HealthyEnvironments Research Programme atQMUL. This programme has beenstrengthened by the award <strong>of</strong> a grant <strong>of</strong>£426,312 from the NIHR Public HealthResearch Programme to Steve andcolleagues at <strong>University</strong> College, <strong>London</strong> fora population-level evaluation <strong>of</strong> family-basedcommunity interventions in childhoodoverweight and obesity. Steve will beresponsible for work on how neighbourhoodopportunities for physical activity and dietmediate the success <strong>of</strong> these interventions.In collaboration with colleagues at Bristol,UEA, and Cardiff, Steve is also part <strong>of</strong> asuccessful project team which has beenawarded a Medical Research Council grantfor a project called MEAD (Measurement <strong>of</strong>Environment, Activity and Diet). The projectwill use GPS technology amongst largesamples <strong>of</strong> children objectively to measureyoung people’s use <strong>of</strong> the environment. Theproject extends this methodology toinvestigate access to food outlets and aims todetermine the relationship betweencharacteristics <strong>of</strong> the environment (e.g.safety, green space, fast food outlets) inrelation to location specific physical activityand dietary behaviours as well as obesity andstress in adolescents. The project is fundedfor three years at a cost <strong>of</strong> £770,000.Steve has also been successful in a grantapplication to the Canadian Institute <strong>of</strong>Health Research which is the equivalent<strong>of</strong> the UK Medical Research Council. Theproject, entitled Conceptualisation andMeasurement <strong>of</strong> People-Place Interactionsto Tackle Spatial Determinants <strong>of</strong> ChronicHealth Outcomes, involves collaborationwith colleagues in Canada and France. Onepractical output will be the creation <strong>of</strong> aweb-based tool box to collect spatial andenvironmental data in large-scaleepidemiological studies. The project is worthC$200,000 and will run for two years.Along with colleagues in the <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> East<strong>London</strong> and the <strong>London</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Hygieneand Tropical Medicine, Steve has also beenawarded a major NIHR -funded project toevaluate the social and health impact <strong>of</strong>urban regeneration associated with the 2012<strong>London</strong> Olympics in East <strong>London</strong>. Thisproject runs for 5 years and follows a number<strong>of</strong> adolescents and their parents living in theOlympic Host Boroughs. It will involve aqualitative longitudinal study to captureexperiences <strong>of</strong> regeneration in 20 householdsin Newham. The project addresses somecritically important issues concerning the'legacy' <strong>of</strong> the Olympics. The grant, worthalmost £2 million, will fund three posts atQMUL – two in <strong>Geography</strong> and one in StBartholomew’s Department <strong>of</strong> Psychiatry.Dr Tim BrownAlong wth Dr SarahWakefield from the<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> Toronto, Timhas been awardedC$38,499 by theCanadian Social Scienceand Humanities Research Council to developa project examining contemporary foodsecurity discourses in Canada and the UK.This is a project which arose out <strong>of</strong>discussions during Sarah's recent visit to theSchool.Dr AlastairOwensAlastair has been awarded agrant from The BritishAcademy and theAssociation <strong>of</strong>Commonwealth Universities for a projectentitled Common Wealth? Wealth-Holdingand Investment in Britain and its SettlerColonies, c. 1850-1914. This is a furtherdevelopment <strong>of</strong> Alastair’s work on wealth andinvestment in Britain. He will be PrincipalInvestigator on the project, in conjunctionwith Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Martin Shanahan at the<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> South Australia. The grant <strong>of</strong>£5,000 will cover the costs <strong>of</strong> a workshop in<strong>London</strong> bringing together colleagues workingin Canada, Australia, New Zealand and theUK to develop a larger research project onwealth, investment and empire.Research studentshipsPr<strong>of</strong>essors Alison Blunt, Miles Ogborn andDr Alastair Owens, together with KieraVaclavik from QMUL’s Department <strong>of</strong>French, have secured three prestigiousArts and Humanities Research Councilstudentships. Starting from 2010–12 andrunning annually, the studentships areheld in partnership with the Victoria andAlbert Museum <strong>of</strong> Childhood. Theprogramme <strong>of</strong> research to which thestudentships are attached is entitled Thechild in the world: empire, diaspora andglobal citizenship. It aims to understandthe changing ways in which children inBritain have understood their relationshipto the wider world through their everydaylives.www.geog.qmul.ac.uk<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong> 06


Bodies Across Borders: Health Geographersorganise workshop in GenevaTim, Bron, Isabel and BethBeth Greenhough, Tim Brown, Isabel Dyck, Bronwyn ParryOn the 16th and 17th December 2010members <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>’s Health,Place and Society research theme (Tim Brown,Isabel Dyck, Beth Greenough and Bron Parry)organised a workshop in Hermance, nearGeneva sponsored and hosted by the BrocherFoundation (www.brocher.ch).The workshop explored how the fields <strong>of</strong>medicine and healthcare are beingtransformed by new communications andbiomedical technologies which have facilitatedmarked increases in the global circulation <strong>of</strong>body parts, patients and medical pr<strong>of</strong>essionals.It explored how these movements <strong>of</strong>ten echoother movements <strong>of</strong> capital and resources,travelling from rural to urban areas, from poorto rich, and from the Global South to the GlobalNorth.Despite the challenging weather, speakers andparticipants came from a wide range <strong>of</strong>countries (including Australia, the Philippines,East Africa, UK, US, Canada, Belgium,Denmark and Bangladesh).The workshop explored the challenges <strong>of</strong>conducting research which <strong>of</strong>ten involveworking with hard to reach and hiddenpopulations (for example organ traffickers andillegal kidney donors) and with a lack <strong>of</strong> dataand information (for example few countrieshave a database <strong>of</strong> patients who travel abroadfor treatment). Presentations highlighted therole <strong>of</strong> middle-men in facilitating the sale <strong>of</strong>organs, the international migration <strong>of</strong> medicalpersonnel and the outsourcing <strong>of</strong> clinical trialsfrom the UK and US to sites in India. Thechallenge <strong>of</strong> regulating these movements, forexample how to manage the ‘brain drain’ <strong>of</strong>skilled healthcare workers from the GlobalSouth to the Global North, was also addressedand a speaker from the WHO introduced newguidelines on the international recruitment <strong>of</strong>healthcare workers. The workshop alsohighlighted the diverse and contradictory waysin which bodies became valuable in the context<strong>of</strong> medical research: as sources <strong>of</strong> valuablebodily commodities (e.g. kidneys), as test sitesfor new drugs, as skilled healthcare workersand as a potentially lucrative clientele for anemerging medical tourism market. We arecurrently putting together a book proposalbased on the workshop.<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,07 <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>www.geog.qmul.ac.uk


Research visitors to the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>From left: Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Adrian Smith, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Morag Shiach QMUL viceprincipal, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Ash Amin, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Simon Gaskell QMUL principalPr<strong>of</strong>essor Ash Amin, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>at Durham <strong>University</strong> and the ExecutiveDirector <strong>of</strong> the Institute <strong>of</strong> Advanced Study,presented a public lecture entitled Cities andthe Ethic <strong>of</strong> Care Among Strangers as part<strong>of</strong> his wider involvement as the School <strong>of</strong><strong>Geography</strong> Visiting Fellow 2010. In hislecture Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Amin looked at the politics<strong>of</strong> integration in plural and diverse societiesand the ways in which public infrastructuremay be suited to the creation <strong>of</strong> cultures <strong>of</strong>shared concerns and attachments. A podcast<strong>of</strong> the lecture is available from the <strong>Geography</strong>website.Pr<strong>of</strong>essor JohannesOerlemans, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong>Meteorology at Utrecht<strong>University</strong>, AcademyPr<strong>of</strong>essor at the RoyalNetherlands Academy <strong>of</strong> Artsand Sciences, and recipient<strong>of</strong> the Louis Agassiz Medal 2008 will be theSchool’s 2011 Visiting Fellow.Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Oerlemans is recognised as theforemost expert on the role <strong>of</strong> ice sheets inglobal climate and sea-level change. He waslead author on the first three IPCCAssessment Reports (1990, 1996 and 2001)and a major contributor to the Arctic ClimateImpact Assessment 2005. Pr<strong>of</strong> Oerlemanswill present a public lecture during his visit to<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>.The QMUL Distinguished Visiting Fellow tothe School in the Spring Semester is Dr SwatiChattopadhyay, Associate Pr<strong>of</strong>essor in theHistory <strong>of</strong> Art and Architecture at <strong>University</strong><strong>of</strong> California Santa Barbara, USA. Pr<strong>of</strong>essorChattopadhyay is author <strong>of</strong> RepresentingCalcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and theColonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005), andco-editor <strong>of</strong> a special issue <strong>of</strong> PostColonialStudies (Nov 2005) focusing on ‘thesubaltern and the popular.’ Dr Chattopadhayspecializes in the cultural landscape <strong>of</strong>British colonialism, and the spatial aspects <strong>of</strong>race, gender, and ethnicity in modern cities.Dr Stephen Legg Lecturer inCultural and Historical<strong>Geography</strong> in the School <strong>of</strong><strong>Geography</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong>Nottingham is a QMULVisiting Fellow in the School<strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> during 2011.Steve is currently a holder <strong>of</strong> a PhilipLeverhulme Fellowship. He is completing amonograph entitled Scales <strong>of</strong> Prostitution:International Governmentalities and InterwarIndia.A concurrent project is focused on thewritings <strong>of</strong> Carl Schmitt, and involves anedited book entitled Geographies <strong>of</strong> theNomos: Spatiality, Sovereignty and CarlSchmitt. Steve’s own chapter in the book willconsider Schmitt's condemnation <strong>of</strong> theLeague <strong>of</strong> Nations as the harbinger <strong>of</strong> thecollapse <strong>of</strong> European imperial order.David Harvey gives the 7thDavid M Smith LecturePr<strong>of</strong>essor David Harvey,Distinguished Pr<strong>of</strong>essor atthe City <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> NewYork (CUNY) and the Director<strong>of</strong> The Center for Place,Culture and Politics, presented the 7thAnnual David M Smith Lecture on 18November 2010 to a packed house in theSkeel Lecture Theatre. The podcast <strong>of</strong> hislecture entitled The Dialectics <strong>of</strong> SocialChange is available from the School <strong>of</strong><strong>Geography</strong> website.www.geog.qmul.ac.uk<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong> 08


QMUL Honorary degree July 2010Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Doreen Masseyreceived a <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>honorary DSc at QMUL duringthe summer 2010 graduationceremonies. What follows is anextract from the text <strong>of</strong> thepresentation address given onbehalf <strong>of</strong> the College byPr<strong>of</strong>essor Roger LeeSome years ago the editor <strong>of</strong> The GuardianWeekend asked a number <strong>of</strong> prominent andwell-known individuals to identify the singlematerial thing that they liked best about theirhome. Doreen Massey responded to herinvitation by choosing to write about theview <strong>of</strong> the sky from her flat. However TheGuardian couldn’t cope with the sky and soshe wrote instead about the window throughwhich she remains in touch with the diversity,beauty and challenge <strong>of</strong> the world beyond herflat.But, for Doreen, this is not just a world outthere, merely for observation. It is an activeworld which shapes, and is shaped by, thelives <strong>of</strong> all that live in and through it. Herwindow is, therefore, a symbol <strong>of</strong> openness tothe outside world, <strong>of</strong> being outward-looking.Not for her the ivory tower, separate andalo<strong>of</strong>, but a continuous and continuingengagement with, and a strong sense <strong>of</strong>responsibility for, the complexity, politics andinjustices <strong>of</strong> contemporary life.Doreen Massey was born and grew up inManchester. She is very much a product <strong>of</strong>the remarkable achievements <strong>of</strong> the welfarestate. A council house in Wythenshawefacilitated care during child-hood fragilitiesand she attended Sharston primary andjunior schools before winning a scholarship toManchester High School and, from there,another scholarship to Oxford <strong>University</strong> fromwhich she graduated in 1966 with a first classdegree in <strong>Geography</strong>. After a number <strong>of</strong>influential posts researching and teaching<strong>Geography</strong> and Planning, she was appointedpr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> geography at the Open <strong>University</strong>in 1982. Despite countless subsequentinvitations to move to highly prestigious<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,09 <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Doreen Massey – appropriately enough in the colours <strong>of</strong>Liverpool FC – seated next to Jocelin Harris (vice chair <strong>of</strong> the QMULCouncil) and, standing from left to right, Pr<strong>of</strong>essors Nigel Spence, RogerLee, Simon Gaskell (principal QMUL), Philip Ogden (senior viceprincipal), Adrian Smith (head <strong>of</strong> School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>) and Jane Wills.appointments around the world, Doreenchose always to remain and work in aninstitution which, like <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, very muchreflects her powerful belief in democracy andequality <strong>of</strong> access to education. The Open<strong>University</strong> also reflects her recognition <strong>of</strong>, andengagement with, the complexity <strong>of</strong> a worldriven by inequalities <strong>of</strong> power which cannotbe segmented by academic disciplines.This approach to her work has enabled herunderstanding <strong>of</strong> geographical space asbeing both outside and inside all that takesplace in the world. She has shown just how, inher words, “geography matters” in shapingthat world in powerfully formative ways.These insights have, quite literally, changedour understanding and they inform teachingand research around the world – not leasthere at <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>.But, <strong>of</strong> course, the significance <strong>of</strong> her workgoes well beyond the academy. DoreenMassey has always recognised the power <strong>of</strong>thought for political action. She continues toengage closely in the politics <strong>of</strong> cities, regionsand societies as far apart as <strong>London</strong> in the UKand Caracas in Venezuela, and in activelyinfluencing their trajectories <strong>of</strong> development.But, crucially for her, although far apart,these places - like all others around the globe- are closely connected by ties <strong>of</strong> mutualresponsibility and are, thereby, mutuallyformative.The world inside andoutside her window is,clearly, a big place full <strong>of</strong>possibilities for realising abetter life. And it is alsohighly complex. DoreenMassey is a foundingeditor <strong>of</strong> Soundings Ajournal <strong>of</strong> politics andculture in whichgeography, politics,economics rub shoulderswith, for example, art,poetry and photography -all speaking to thepractical possibilities <strong>of</strong>change. And so her workreaches out to the artsand sciences as well as tophilosophy and topolitics.Unsurprisingly, Doreen Massey is therecipient <strong>of</strong> the highest academic awardsincluding, for example the ‘Nobel deGéographie’ and the Victoria Medal <strong>of</strong> theRoyal Geographical Society-Institute <strong>of</strong>British Geographers. She is a fellow <strong>of</strong> theRoyal Society <strong>of</strong> Arts, a fellow <strong>of</strong> the BritishAcademy and a founding Academician <strong>of</strong> theAcademy <strong>of</strong> Social Sciences.One final comment. Part <strong>of</strong> the significance<strong>of</strong> the window through which Doreen Masseyengages with the world is that it provides aconstant reminder <strong>of</strong> the ordinary things <strong>of</strong>life – those that matter in a day-to-day senseand which contribute so powerfully to humanwell-being. Doreen Massey’s work hasalways begun and ended with the ordinary –and hence extraordinary - lives <strong>of</strong> people andtheir relationships around the globe. But thissense <strong>of</strong> geography is also highly complex.How else is it possible to explain thatsomeone born and bred in Manchestercould remain a committed and activesupporter <strong>of</strong> Liverpool FC?For her remarkably creative contributions togeography and social science and, throughthem, for her transformative impact on thepolitics and development <strong>of</strong> cities andregions, and for her never ending support <strong>of</strong>all those attempting to travel the same road, Ipresent Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Doreen Massey for theconferment <strong>of</strong> the degree <strong>of</strong> Doctor <strong>of</strong>Science honoris causa.www.geog.qmul.ac.uk


Recent books from the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>Simon Lewis isjoint editor (withNick Ashton <strong>of</strong> theBritish Museumand Chris Stringer<strong>of</strong> the NaturalHistory Museum)<strong>of</strong> The AncientHumanOccupation <strong>of</strong>Britain whichpresents a series<strong>of</strong> papers relatedto and emerging from his eponymousresearch project funded by the LeverhulmeTrust. More details <strong>of</strong> the book, which ispublished by Elsevier, can be found at:http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/722913/description#descriptionIn collaboration with Sarah Kingston at LeedsMetropolitan <strong>University</strong> and Teela Sanders atthe <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> Leeds, Dr Kate Hardy hashad her edited collection entitled NewSociologies <strong>of</strong> Sex Work published byAshgate.Ronald Weitzer (George Washington<strong>University</strong>, Washington DC) writes:“An important contribution toour understanding <strong>of</strong> sex work,exploring several previouslyunexamined aspects <strong>of</strong> the sexindustry in various nations. Theessays richly document thecomplex and multifacetednature <strong>of</strong> sexual commerce.”Kate has only recently completed her PhD -represented by an essay in the collection -and provides a model about what can beaccomplished even whilst doing a PhD. Moredetails at http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754679868Alastair Owenshas co-editeda collection <strong>of</strong>essays entitledGenderInequalities,Households andthe Production <strong>of</strong>Well-being inModern Europe.The book arisesfrom Alastair'sparticipation in aEuropean Science Foundation COST(Cooperation in Science and Technology)network. It examines the significance <strong>of</strong>gender relations in how households securetheir well-being and the roles <strong>of</strong> men andwomen in providing and receiving welfare inboth contemporary and historical contexts.This interdisciplinary book explores thegrowing importance <strong>of</strong> women withininvestment markets. Understanding theextent to which global financial processesshaped the economic lives <strong>of</strong> those on the'periphery' as well as at the 'heart' <strong>of</strong> empirewill <strong>of</strong>fers new insights into the social andgeographical diffusion <strong>of</strong> financial markets.More details from https://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&pageSubject=413&title_id=9688&edition_id=12750The Cuban Cure: Reason and Resistance inGlobal Science by Simon Reid-Henry hasrecently been published by Chicago<strong>University</strong> PressAfter Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, hissecond declaration, after socialism, was thatCuba would become a leader in internationalscience. In biotechnology he would beproven right and, today, Cuba counts ameningitis B vaccine and cutting-edgecancer therapies to its name. But how didthis politically and geographically isolatedcountry make such impressive advances?The Cuban Cure shows how, despite a tradeembargo and crippling national debt, Cubacame to compete with US pharmaceuticalgiants and, thereby, examines the forms <strong>of</strong>resistance that biotechnology research inCuba presents to the globalization <strong>of</strong> westernmodels <strong>of</strong> scientific culture and practice.David Livingstone (Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>and Intellectual History) at the <strong>Queen</strong>’s<strong>University</strong> Belfast) writes that this is a"stunning interrogation <strong>of</strong> the making <strong>of</strong> ascientific culture in an altogether unlikelyspot on the fringes <strong>of</strong> the West'stechnological consciousness"; and AndrewBarry (<strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> Oxford) calls it a"remarkable book … rich in critical insight".Further details at: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=9733558www.geog.qmul.ac.uk<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong> 10


Recent books from the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> (cont)Swept-Up Lives? Re-envisioning theHomeless City by Paul Cloke, Jon Mayand Sarah Johnson Wiley-BlackwellUtilizing innovative ethnographic research,Swept Up Lives? challenges conventionalaccounts <strong>of</strong> urban homelessness to trace thecomplex and varied attempts to care forhomeless people. The book marks a furthercontribution by authors from the School <strong>of</strong><strong>Geography</strong> to the prestigious RGS-IBG bookseries. More details fromhttp://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405153865.htmlGeographies <strong>of</strong> theBook edited byMiles Ogborn andCharles W.J.Withers AshgateThe geography <strong>of</strong>the book is as oldas the history <strong>of</strong>the book, thoughfar less thoroughlyexplored. Yetresearch hasincreasingly pointed to the spatial dimensions<strong>of</strong> book history, to the transformation <strong>of</strong> textsas they are made and moved from place toplace, from authors to readers and withindifferent communities and cultures <strong>of</strong>reception. Geographies <strong>of</strong> the Book exploresthe complex relationships between themaking <strong>of</strong> books in certain geographicalcontexts, the movement <strong>of</strong> books(epistemologically as well as geographically)and the ways in which they are received.Along withcolleagues AlisonStenning, AlenaRochovská andDariusz Świąte,Pr<strong>of</strong>essor AdrianSmith’s bookDomesticatingNeo-Liberalismadds to theSchool’scontributions tothe prestigiousRGS-IBG book series. Based on in-depthresearch in Poland and Slovakia, thebook addresses how processes <strong>of</strong> neoliberalizationin post-socialist cities maybe understood. Details at http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405169907.htmlWith Andy Jonas(Hull) and the lateDuncan Fuller(Northumbria),Pr<strong>of</strong>essor RogerLee has publishedan editedcollection <strong>of</strong>essays entitledInterrogatingAlterity: AlternativeEconomic andPolitical Spaces(Ashgate).Alternative ways <strong>of</strong> thinking, analysing andperforming economic geographies havebecome increasingly significant in recentyears, partly due to the recent financialcrisis, which has had social and politicalconsequences throughout the world. Yetthere is a danger that the debate aboutalternatives may become simply a way <strong>of</strong>fixing global capitalism in its present crisisriddenform. Instead, the analysis <strong>of</strong>alternative economic spaces must continueto <strong>of</strong>fer a critique <strong>of</strong> the very notion <strong>of</strong>capitalism as a universal, if variable,set <strong>of</strong> social relations.As JK Gibson-Graham notes in the coverblurb, this "rich and inspiring collectionsamples an exciting new scholarly tradition,one that draws upon and feeds into the socialmovements that are transforming economiesworldwide. ... [It] is a must-read for anyoneinterested in the 'other economies' currentlytaking shape on the ground".Furhter details at http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754673415Edited by Andrew Leyshon, Roger Lee, LindaMcDowell and Peter Sunley, The SAGEHandbook <strong>of</strong> Economic <strong>Geography</strong> waspublished in February 2011 by SagePublications <strong>London</strong>What difference does it make to think aboutthe economy in geographical terms? TheSAGE Handbook <strong>of</strong> Economic <strong>Geography</strong>illustrates the significance <strong>of</strong> thinking the'economy' and the 'economic'geographically. It identifies significant stagesin the discipline's development, and focuseson the key themes and ideas that informpresent thinking in economic geography.Further details athttp://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book233293<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,11 <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>www.geog.qmul.ac.uk


Staff and undergraduate acheivementsRichard gets to grips constructing a gaugingstation in the glacier valleyDr Marta Timoncini (2nd from left) along with other winners <strong>of</strong> awardspresented by the principal. Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Simon Gaskell (3rd from right)In November 2010 the Principal <strong>of</strong> QMUL,Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Simon Gaskell, presented Dr MartaTimoncini (Head <strong>of</strong> Administration in theSchool <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>) with the Institute forLearning and Management’s Leadershipand Management for Administrators award.UndergraduateachievementsDynamics <strong>of</strong> a marginal glacier in anactively volcanic region RGS – IBG, GordonFoundation, QMUL Kerlingarfjöll Expedition2010. Between July and September 2010,a team <strong>of</strong> final year undergraduate studentsfrom the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> consisting <strong>of</strong>expedition leader Ricky Stevens, RichardBailey and Jonathan Wheatland, supported byDr Simon Carr, won a highly competitive grantfrom the Royal Geographical Society-Institute<strong>of</strong> British Geographers for fieldwork inIceland.The project aims to document the past andpresent behaviour <strong>of</strong> a small niche glacierlocated within Kerlingarfjoll, central Iceland.Ricky writes that, through the fieldworkcomprising three interrelated projects, theaim is to extend "scientific knowledge on howsmall glaciers, which are arguably the mostsensitive to climatic changes, have behavedduring the past to changing environmentalconditions. If we could quantify thesechanges, we could use this to infer how thesesmall glaciers have fluctuated in past timesand, significantly, <strong>of</strong>fer inferences to howthese small glaciers may behave in the future- something which has social, ecological,economical and environmental implications."Despite experiencing seven punctures,having to be towed 270km across countryand missing a ferry home due to an Atlanticstorm, the expedition was a huge success.The following article on the project whichbuilds on Ricky's earlier success in gaininga Learning and Leading ApprenticeshipScheme award from RGS-IBG and his earliervisit to Iceland (see <strong>eDoG</strong>2) appeared inGeographical Magazine in December 2010Further details can be found at:http://iceland2010-dynamics-<strong>of</strong>-a-marginalglacier-in-a-volcanic-region.wikispaces.com/Jonny and Ricky take a breather from drilling2m bore holes into the iceGlacier Travelling: Team Kerlingarfjöllpose for a group photographwww.geog.qmul.ac.uk<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong> 12


Staff and undergraduate acheivements (cont)Jack Hawkins,Niall Lehane andMichael Rooke…… have also been successfulwith the RGS-IBG grantsscheme this year. Theytravelled to Svalbard withDr Sven Lukas during thesummer <strong>of</strong> 2010 to carry outfieldwork on the response <strong>of</strong>Svalbard glaciers to climatechange.Working alongside Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Doug Benn, aleading international expert in this field, <strong>of</strong>UNIS (the <strong>University</strong> Centre in Svalbard), theworld's northernmost institution for highereducation and research, the teaminvestigated different aspects <strong>of</strong> the debriscover in the marginal areas <strong>of</strong> small higharcticglaciers. The aim was to understandthe process combinations that lead to theobserved pattern <strong>of</strong> glacier thinning. Theundergraduate members <strong>of</strong> the teamgathered data for their BSc dissertationswithin this project, which forms part <strong>of</strong>Sven's ongoing research into glacier andlandscape response to climate change in thevulnerable high arctic, the so-called 'globalfridge'.Roshni Shah, SakinaDossaji, Alex Friendand Rahima BegumFour current undergraduate students inthe School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> have passed theCollege's new scheme for a Draper'sSkills Award. This is a programme forundergraduates at <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong> that isdesigned to prepare them for the challengesthey will face in making the transition fromuniversity to work.A number <strong>of</strong> recent studies confirm that –when it comes to applying for work afteruniversity – the subject students studied,the class <strong>of</strong> their degrees and even theuniversities they attended need to bebalanced against factors like relevantwork experience and possessing skills likecommunicating well and fitting into a team.These skills are <strong>of</strong>ten best developedthrough engagement in extra-curricularactivities.Helping the development <strong>of</strong> these skills iswhat the Award is set up to achieve. It aimsto support engagement with all the learningopportunities available at <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>:taking an active part in campus activities,reflecting on personal and pr<strong>of</strong>essionaldevelopment, undertaking work-relatedlearning and planning for future careers.The calving front <strong>of</strong> Borebreen on which Sven Lukas also worked during the summer <strong>of</strong> 2010. The sharpcrestedmountains in the background are characteristic <strong>of</strong> the Arctic archipelago and prompted the Dutchdiscoverer Barentz to name it Spitsbergen (meaning 'sharp mountains' in Dutch).13<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>www.geog.qmul.ac.uk


<strong>Geography</strong>: A world <strong>of</strong> opportunity<strong>Geography</strong> is, at longlast, recognized as apowerful means <strong>of</strong>understanding andacting in the world.From the doyen <strong>of</strong> financial journalists -Martin Wolf writing in the FinancialTimes (11 01 11): "... what any group<strong>of</strong> human beings is able to achieveis determined by geography" (seehttp://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4f590ec6-1dce-11e0-badd- 00144feab49a.html#axzz1AwMHprAS for further details);through the writer and broadcasterChristopher Somerville commenting in theNational Trust Magazine (Spring 2011 p 15)“geography rocks – it’s all geography”; toRichard Garner in The Independent (2December 2010) asking “In a toughjob climate, what is it about those withgeography degrees that makes themso employable?” (seehttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/higher/a-world-<strong>of</strong>opportunity-2148648.htmlfor furtherdetails) and answering his own question by,in effect, repeating the message re jobs forgeographers set out in <strong>eDoG</strong>3 and in apublication from the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>first published 30 years ago, the world atlarge is finally catching up in recognizingthe power <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>. Better late thennever.Admissions summaryThe School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> <strong>of</strong>fers a range <strong>of</strong> undergraduate degree programmesspanning <strong>Geography</strong> and Environmental Science. The most recent addition to thisportfolio <strong>of</strong> degree courses is the BA degree Global Change: Environment, Economy andDevelopment. This programme was launched in September 2009 and is designed toappeal to students from a wide range <strong>of</strong> humanities and social science backgrounds,who wish to engage with topics, such as globalisation and development orenvironmental change, that are well represented within the discipline <strong>of</strong>geography. Six students enrolled on this degree in its first year <strong>of</strong> operation.The School has seen continued growth in applications for entry to its undergraduateprogrammes. The number <strong>of</strong> applications, from a wide range <strong>of</strong> schools and collegesacross the UK, as well as the rest <strong>of</strong> Europe and further afield, increased for the fourthconsecutive year. The first year intake to the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> for 2010-11 was 128home/EU students and 13 overseas students (see graph). At the same time the School<strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> has maintained the quality <strong>of</strong> the student experience, the level <strong>of</strong> supportfor individual learners and the friendly atmosphere for which it is renowned.Early indications for 2011 –12 entry are encouraging, with applications received up tothe end <strong>of</strong> 2010 again up on the previous year. We continue to look at ways in which ourprovision <strong>of</strong> undergraduate degrees can be enhanced. The School is currently steeringa new MSci degree in Environmental Sciences through the approval process and hopesto admit students onto this programme in September 2011. This four year degree aimsto recruit well-qualified students to a programme that will equip its graduates with ahigh level <strong>of</strong> knowledge and skills appropriate for employment opportunities inenvironment, industry and research. Information on all our undergraduate degreescan be found on the School’s website.Dr Simon Lewis (Admissions Tutor)on behalf <strong>of</strong> the admissions teamIt is, then, hardly any surprise then thatapplications to study <strong>Geography</strong> at theUK’s leading research department arecontinuing to rise.www.geog.qmul.ac.uk<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong> 14


Alumni newsJonathan Coulson(Human <strong>Geography</strong> 1992)Jonathan is lead author in a recently publishedbook: J. Coulson, P Roberts and I Taylor (2010)<strong>University</strong> Planning and Architecture(Routledge).The environment <strong>of</strong> a university – what we terma campus – has long been the setting for some<strong>of</strong> history’s most exciting experiments in thedesign <strong>of</strong> the built environment. ChristopherWren at Cambridge, Thomas Jefferson atVirginia, Le Corbusier at Harvard, Louis Kahnat Yale and Norman Foster in Berlin: thecalibre <strong>of</strong> practitioners that have worked foruniversities is astounding.This book comprehensively documents theworldwide evolution <strong>of</strong> university design fromthe Middle Ages to the present day, uncoveringthe key developments which have shaken theworld <strong>of</strong> campus planning. A series <strong>of</strong> detailedand highly illustrated case-studies pr<strong>of</strong>ileuniversally acclaimed campuses that, throughtheir planning, architecture and landscaping,have succeeded in making positivecontributions to the field. Drawing on theseexamples, the book turns to the strategiesbehind campus planning in today’s climate.Exploring the importance <strong>of</strong> themes such aslandscape, architecture, place-making andsustainability within university development,the book consolidates the lessons learnt fromthe rich tradition <strong>of</strong> campus development toprovide a ‘good practice guide’ for anyoneconcerned with planning environments forhigher educationNeil Thomas(<strong>Geography</strong> 1995) is a partner in KPMG.DanielPerrett(see <strong>eDoG</strong>1)extract from WalthamForest NewsWALTHAMSTOW:Greens opt for youthin electionA young geography graduate has beenselected as the Green party's prospectiveparliamentary candidate for Walthamstow.Daniel Perrett will attempt to win the seat forthe party, which campaigns on environmentalissues.Read the rest <strong>of</strong> ths story athttp://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/wfnews/5047929.WALTHAMSTOW__Greens_opt_for_youth_in_election/An informal reunion <strong>of</strong>some <strong>of</strong> the class <strong>of</strong> ’72 in<strong>London</strong> January 2011How many <strong>of</strong> the class <strong>of</strong> '72 can you name?15<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>www.geog.qmul.ac.uk


School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> in the newsAmy NormanIn South Africa'sorphanages, isdoing good reallybad?NPRhttp://n.pr/ddSXkQA combination <strong>of</strong> volunteering and travellingis a rapidly growing industry around the worldand one <strong>of</strong> the most popular choices isorphanage work in Asia and Africa.Researchers argue that in South Africa,volunteers are not helping children, but areinstead harming them. Amy Normancomments on those helping children with HIVand AIDS in orphanages with a high turnover.Amy spent five years studying the socialeffects <strong>of</strong> HIV and AIDS in South Africa:"The psychological literature talks aboutattachment theory — very young children areprogrammed to build attachments," she says."And so, you've got these sort <strong>of</strong> repeatedabandonments — first with young childrenwhose parents may die <strong>of</strong> AIDS. And thenthey go to live in an orphanage where you<strong>of</strong>ten have high staff turnover."The process continues when well-meaningtourists come to volunteer their time: "Andthen you've got tourists that are coming assort <strong>of</strong> the third wave <strong>of</strong> this abandonment.Children are left behind to remember a series<strong>of</strong> these foreigners who come in and thenleave them there,"Sinead DalyHarrow Observer 28 August 2010http://bit.ly/d5irwLAchieving two As and B at A-level in theSummer Sinead Daly is now studying<strong>Geography</strong> at <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong> whilst, at thesame time, her twin sister Kerrie is studyingModern and Medieval Languages atCambridge <strong>University</strong>.Pr<strong>of</strong>essor JaneWills‘Obama factorprompts MA incommunityorganising’The Independent 13 May 2010http://www.independent.co.uk/student/postgraduate/postgraduate-study/obama-factor-prompts-ma-in-community-organising-1971833.html<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong> has launched a new master’squalification in community organising,capitalising on the Barack Obama factor.The course follows those in the US - wherePresident Obama began his career as anorganiser on the streets <strong>of</strong> Chicago - andwill <strong>of</strong>fer a five-month placement with<strong>London</strong> Citizens. Course leader Pr<strong>of</strong>essorWills said: “The techniques you learn onthis course will be useful in a whole range<strong>of</strong> jobs in the private and public sector.Whether you want to go into the voluntarysector, local government or become apolitician, this experience will be valuable.”‘Can Pay, Will Pay’BBC Radio 4 16 September 2010http://bbc.in/a2L7iEPr<strong>of</strong>essor Wills was interviewed about<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>’s involvement in the ‘LivingWage’ campaign, which ensures cleanersreceive a fair wage. She said: “The livingwage is set in terms <strong>of</strong> what human beingsneeds to live to put food on the table andsupport their children.” <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>cleaner June Watson spoke about herexperience at the College and hercolleague Amin Hussain was alsomentioned.‘T-Mobile's global battle gets local’TMC News 4 October 2010http://bit.ly/bW8AaXThe rise <strong>of</strong> globalisation has allowedcompanies to move particular types <strong>of</strong> jobs,which do not need to be done in a fixedposition, from country to country. Pr<strong>of</strong>essorWills comments on an example in the USwhere German firm T-Mobile has takenover a call centre although problems existamong unions. She says: “The Americansreally need the German union to act ontheir behalf in order to secure their agenda.Given that the Germans have a goodrelationship with the company, they couldexercise their influence over the topmanagement <strong>of</strong> the company in Germanyto ensure that they intervene in the US.”Vanessa Feltz ShowBBC Radio <strong>London</strong> 19 October 2010http://bbc.in/dy17RVPr<strong>of</strong>essor Wills was interviewed aboutGovernment plans to reduce social housingby 50 per cent. “Council housing has beenin crisis for a long time now,” notedPr<strong>of</strong>essor Wills. “We need to rethinkhousing and take David Cameron at hisword. He talks about the ‘Big Society’ sonow is the time for people power aroundhousing. I have been exploring with a groupcalled <strong>London</strong> Citizens the possibility <strong>of</strong>community land trusts. The land is heldcollectively but individuals can buy theproperties. They sell their property back tothe trust and that is really affordablehousing, long term.”BBC Radio <strong>London</strong> 26 November 2010Drive Time with Eddie Nestorhttp://bbc.in/hV4jFYPr<strong>of</strong>essor Wills was interviewed aboutmaking the most out <strong>of</strong> a salary and‘making ends meet’ as well as the ‘livingwage’ campaign implemented at <strong>Queen</strong><strong>Mary</strong>.The Guardian 6 July 2010http://bit.ly/aKcvLZGuardian podcastPr<strong>of</strong>essor Wills discusses the findings <strong>of</strong>her co-authored book, Global Cities atWork. “We met lots <strong>of</strong> people who have twoor three jobs working 60 or 70 hours aweek at the minimum wage to earn enoughto put food on the table and that is a bigthing that is never spoken about in theimmigration debate.” See <strong>eDoG</strong>3 for fulldetails <strong>of</strong> the bookwww.geog.qmul.ac.uk<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong> 16


School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong> in the news (cont)Press TVRattansi and Ridleyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdCbKA9WVpkPr<strong>of</strong>essor Wills speaks about her jointlyauthoredbook, Global Cities at Work, on theIranian television network. See <strong>eDoG</strong>3 forfull details <strong>of</strong> the bookKavita Datta, Jon May, Cathy McIlwaineand Jane Willssee Youtube at:www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdDrUDCfoCYResearch conducted for the ESRC-fundedGlobal Cities at Work project (see EDoG3)features heavily in a new film from theMigrant Rights' Network called "Migrantsfor <strong>London</strong>, <strong>London</strong> for Migrants"See <strong>eDoG</strong>3 for more details <strong>of</strong> Global Citiesat WorkGinny Bernadoutand Amy Ennis‘Students preparefor the big freeze<strong>of</strong> Antarctica’East <strong>London</strong> Advertiser 17 January 2011http://bit.ly/eMwUt9Ginny Bernadout, currently studying for herPhD, and Amy Ennis, who graduated in2010, were selected for the 2041 InspireAntarctic Expedition with explorer RobertSwann. Ginny said: “To be able to avoidirreversible damage to some <strong>of</strong> the mostprecious habitats we have, we all need tomake changes in the way we lead oureveryday lives. Educating the nextgeneration and giving them the samepassion we have is our way <strong>of</strong> makingan impact.” Ginny and Amy are lookingfor donations to fund their trip andcan be contacted at ginnyandamy<strong>of</strong>antarctica@googlemail.comTwo adventurous geography students’East End Life 10 January 2011http://bit.ly/exswNZGinny Bernadout and Amy Ennis willbe following in the footsteps <strong>of</strong> explorersShackleton and Scott, on an expeditionto the Antarctic later this year.see <strong>eDoG</strong>3 for more on Ginny’s and Amy’splansDr Murray GrayGeoconservationThe Guardian 11 August 2010http://bit.ly/ajpaKJCommenting on the importance <strong>of</strong> desertsas world heritage sites, Dr Gray says: “Onlyby integrating the physical and biologicalaspects <strong>of</strong> land management can we hopeto maintain healthy and sustainableenvironmental systems.” (see <strong>eDoG</strong>3)Dr Simon LewisSimon Lewis has been undertakingresearch in Norfolk on the early humanhabitation <strong>of</strong> the area. This path-breakingwork is featured in a recent paper in Natureas well as in a range <strong>of</strong> media outlets,including:The Guardian's print and on-line reportinghas the most extensive news coverage:http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/jul/07/first-humans-britain-stone-toolsThe Nature paper is at:http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v466/n7303/full/nature09117.htmlThe project website is at:http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/featured_project_happisburgh.aspxQMUL's news coverage is at:http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/hss/31479.html‘Earliest Northern European SettlementDiscovered in Britain’Fox News 7 July 2010http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/07/07/earliest-northern-european-settlementdiscovered-britain/A team <strong>of</strong> researchers including Dr SimonLewis have found that ancient humanscreated the first known settlement inBritain, and the first in Northern Europe,over 800,000 years ago. The team foundmore than 70 flint tools in anarchaeological dig at the shore <strong>of</strong>Happisburgh in Norfolk.Digging for BritainBBC Two 29 September 2010http://bbc.in/cHQOWsAn episode <strong>of</strong> Digging for Britain focuses onprehistory and includes a piece about theHappisburgh dig involving Simon Lewis.Read the <strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong> news release via theonline media centre: http://bit.ly/cuQ0BpDr SimonReid-Henry‘Bold Brasilia at 50’Guardian.co.ukComment is free 21 April 2010http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/apr/21/brasilia-50th-anniversaryDr Reid-Henry comments on Brazil’scapital city, Brasilia, celebrating its 50thanniversary and notes that its growth showshow the country is now regarded as a keyglobal player. Brazil is part <strong>of</strong> the ‘BRIC’group <strong>of</strong> nations that also includes Russia,India and China. Dr Reid-Henry said:“while <strong>of</strong>ten seen as the least significantmember <strong>of</strong> this group, Brazil hasnonetheless become the quietchoreographer <strong>of</strong> their co-ordinatedactions.”Tom ChigboTuition feesSky Newshttp://bit.ly/aDHVE3Tom, who is studying for his Master’sdegree in Community Organising in theSchool <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>, was interviewed onSky News about tuition fees. He said itwould be “unfair” if students werecharged up to £12,000 a year and thatundergraduates would be forced to choosetheir degree based on its price, not from anacademic perspective.See YouTube for more17<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong>www.geog.qmul.ac.uk


School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>With around 350 undergraduate and postgraduatestudents and over 40 staff (technical, administrative andacademic) and an annual budget <strong>of</strong> over £4 million, it israther like running a not-so-small business but with a farmore multi-faceted set <strong>of</strong> objectives to be achieved.Some idea <strong>of</strong> this complexity may be gainedfrom the organizational chart <strong>of</strong> the School.The structure <strong>of</strong> the School reflects themutually formative relationships between allthe individuals who work within it and theSchool as a collective and highly collegiateendeavour wherein lies the secret <strong>of</strong> itssuccesses.is edited byRoger Lee(r.lee@qmul.ac.uk) and EdOliver (e.s.oliver@qmul.ac.uk).Please contact Ed or Roger withany comments, suggestionsand, best <strong>of</strong> all, copy with lots <strong>of</strong>illustrations.Members <strong>of</strong> theclass <strong>of</strong> '72back row L to RJeff Smith, Richard Long, BillMc<strong>Queen</strong>front row L to RSue Smith, Kevin Rutherford,Sue Billenwww.geog.qmul.ac.uk<strong>eDoG</strong> the <strong>newsletter</strong> <strong>of</strong> the School <strong>of</strong> <strong>Geography</strong>,<strong>Queen</strong> <strong>Mary</strong>, <strong>University</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>London</strong> 18

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