By the kind generosity of Fellows Paul and Mary Slawson, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) offers three to four awards annually, of up to £3,000 each, for PhD students intending to carry out geographical field research.
The awards support geographical fieldwork involving development issues with a high social and economic value.
22 February (each year)
Slawson Award guidelines (PDF)
Code of Practice for the Grants Programme (PDF)
2016 Slawson Award recipients
Josie Phillips (University of the West of England). 'What are the environmental consequences of oil palm expansion?'
Southeast Asia’s rainforests regulate the climate, recycle nutrients and water, provide ecosystem services such as pollination and decomposition, and are a source of new medicines. Yet rising global demand for palm oil has resulted in widespread conversion of rainforest to crop plantation. Understanding the ecological consequences of habitat conversion is crucial to inform government policy and develop land management practices that will protect biodiversity and maintain ecosystem function for future generations.
Sam Berlin (University of Bristol). 'Queer cultures among Chinese rural-urban migrants'
There is little popular, policy or academic recognition that queer people are often also migrants, and vice versa. In the Chinese context, this means a large population has been ignored by social research. Consequentially, the stigma and socioeconomic marginalisation faced by queer migrants have been left unaddressed by policymakers and NGOs. Using a combination of life histories and participant observation, I will investigate the lives and cultures of queer migrants in Beijing to address these gaps in the literature and better inform policy interventions into the needs of this population.
Victoria Griffiths (Oxford University). 'Integrating social gains with no net loss of biodiversity'
This project aims to evaluate approaches to integrating no net loss of biodiversity with social gains, using the Bujagali Hydropower Project, Isimba Hydropower Project and Kalagala Offset in Uganda as a case study. A set of recommendations will be created to support Uganda in developing legislative frameworks and best practice guidelines for offsetting. Lessons can also be drawn internationally to help improve the socio-economic and conservation outcomes of biodiversity offsetting.
Slawson Award recipients 2001-2015 (PDF)
For further information on the projects listed above, including a summary of the research and expedition reports, please browse the Society's Expeditions Database.
About the Award
The Slawson Awards, first given in 2001, are supported by Society Fellows Paul and Mary Slawson.