A research group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
EnGRG dissertation prize 2017/18
5 Dec 2018
The EnGRG committee would like to congratulate Sophie Collard (University of Nottingham), Nina Litman-Roventa (University of Leeds) and Jane Hardy-Jones (Lancaster University) for winning first, second and third prize, respectively, in our 2018 Undergraduate Dissertation Prize.
Sophie’s dissertation was entitled “Beyond the energy ladder: Investigating the barriers to cookstove adoption and fuel choice in Malawi”. The committee highlighted how the work had highly rigorous methods and insightful critical analysis. In making a critique of the ‘energy ladder’ model, it has made an important contribution to knowledge and debates around energy poverty. To read Sophie’s dissertation, please click here.
Nina’s dissertation was called “Shaking up the old order? Clean-energy start-ups’ role and partnerships for a low-carbon future in Germany and the United Kingdom”. This was a highly ambitious study and well-executed study. The committee was particularly impressed with the way Nina used her results to engage with theoretical work on the geographies of energy transitions. To read Nina’s dissertation, please click here.
Finally, Jane’s dissertation was entitled “‘What’s the fracking problem?’ An investigation into the social acceptance of shale gas fracking in Fylde, North West England”. This study impressively combined different methods into a coherent piece of work. It displays a sophisticated level of analytical and critical skills, particularly through its connection to work on environmental justice. You can read Jane’s dissertation by clicking here.
We received a high number of very strong dissertations this year. Many congratulations again to the prize winners!