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Department of Geography

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Durham Celebrates Achievements of Female Geographers on International Women's Day

(8 March 2017)

As the Department of Geography is once again ranked in the top 10 in the world in the QS world subject rankings for the 5th year running, we recognise this is achieved by recruiting and developing the leading scholars in the discipline.

So on this International Women's Day it is especially pleasing to be able to celebrate the world leading work by women geographers here. This year alone saw numerous outstanding achievements by women of all levels of seniority in the department, and across the spectrum of the discipline.

Professor Harriet Bulkeley was in the 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list covering 21 disciplinary areas whose papers are amongst the top 1% cited over the period 2004 - 2014. Dr Pippa Whitehouse is delivering the Bullerwell lecture for the British Geophysical Association this year. Professor Felicity Callard led the world’s largest survey into Rest and Well-being. Researcher Dr Kayleigh Garthwaites’s book 'Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain' won the British Academy Peter Townsend Memorial Prize. PhD candidate Zahra Hussain was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Dudley Stamp Memorial Award. Among undergraduate students we see women winning Royal Geographical Society Research Group national student dissertation prizes with, in just the last year, Phoebe Kitchen winning the Economic Geography Research Group award, Caitlin Curry the Marjorie Sweeting Dissertation Prize, from the British Society for Geomorphology and Rudra Rhodes the Henrietta Hutton Research Grant. Meanwhile Isabel Airas and Amy Batley were both highly commended for their entries to the international 2016 Undergraduate Awards programme.