2015 PolGRG dissertation prize

Our 2015 dissertation prize has been awarded jointly to:

Greta Ferloni (Durham University) for her dissertation Evading Invasion: Soundscaping Urban Conflict in Jerusalem

Sam Matthew (University of Cambridge) for his dissertation The Ghosts of Gulu: Affect, Emotion and Mysticism in Northern Uganda

Our judges felt Greta’s dissertation ‘identifies an important gap in the academic/geographic literature,’ was ‘framed by a detailed theoretical engagement’ and the findings ‘show keen and original insight. Sam’s dissertation was described as ‘a well developed and theoretically informed engagement with questions of politics and the political in everyday life’ which presented ‘a number of interesting and insightful ideas’ and did ‘a good job of weaving empirical examples with theoretical ideas’. Both dissertations lend themselves to potential publication.

All in all, our judges felt the pool of submissions for this year’s prize was very strong, demonstrating the broad range of topics being addressed and methods being utilised by young political geography scholars. The two winners ‘stood out for their interesting research questions and topics of study, strong research designs, and insightful findings and analysis’.

Many congratulations to both Greta and Sam!

The judges this year were Dan Hammett and Jeff Garmany, and we are very grateful to them for their time.