Environment and Sustainability: Research Grants

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Environment and Sustainability: Research Grants


Each year, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s grants programme awards over 180,000 [pounds sterling] to support researchers, students, teachers and independent travellers undertaking geographical research and expeditions all over the world. In 2015, 185 individuals were supported by Society grants, with research projects taking place in 47 different countries, from Norway to North Korea.

This year saw the addition of a new scheme to the programme, offering four awards of 9,000 [pounds sterling] to early career researchers. The Environment and Sustainability Research Grants are generously funded by Deutsche Post and are aimed at supporting research into some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability, such as water and development, energy security, and urban migration. The grants were open to proposals from individuals or teams led by a researcher, with preference going to projects involving a substantial field component.

A strong set of research proposals was received, and four projects were selected for their potential to advance geographical knowledge and have an impact beyond the academy. The grants recipients went on to conduct research across the globe--from urban climate resilience in Bangladesh to carbon sequestration technology in Hawaii.

One of the grants was awarded to Dr Ivan Scales, a political ecologist and lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Cambridge. During August and September of this year, Dr Scales led a research team investigating the socio-ecological dynamics of land use and landscape change in the mangrove forests of southwestern Madagascar (pictured above right). …

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