Jasmin Leila Award
The Jasmin Leila Award is given in celebration of Jasmin Leila Sidaway.
The Award, which has been running since 2008, is given as a £250 supplement to one of the projects supported under the Society’s Small Research Grant scheme or as an independent award.
In tribute to Jasmin, the project to be recognised by the Award will have a focus on either:
- Medical and health geography
- Performance (especially any aspects of music,
theatre, fashion and/or dance) and their geographies
- Transnational communities
Jasmin Leila Award recipients
2017: Dr Charlotte Veal (University of Southampton). 'Choreographing military bodies: Aeromobilities, embodied geopolitics, and dance-based combat training with the British Parachute Regiment' (Jasmin Leila Award)
The project examines the micro-bodily regimes of British Parachute Regiment personnel during training at Ringway Aerodrome in the mid-1940s. It combines research into military- and aero-mobilities, with work on embodied geopolitics, and the emerging geographies of dance literature, to explore the making of the airborne militarised body. The project will draw upon archival material held across London and Surrey, including letters and diary entries, alongside photographs and videography of parachute training.
2015: Dr Allan Watson (Staffordshire University). 'Knowledge sharing and networking in regionally-scaled creative economies: the economic geography of north west England’s musical economy'The overall aim of the proposed research project is to use the music industry in north west England as a lens through which to address significant gaps in our understanding of regionally-scaled creative economies. The key innovation of this research will be to critically examine the extent to which the north west music industry, centred upon the cities/city-regions of Liverpool and Manchester, represents a genuinely networked regional creative economy - one which is both intra-regionally linked and externally connected – and to develop an in-depth understanding of its economic geography.
2014: Dr Matej Blazek (Loughborough University). 'Life trajectories and experiences of young Somali women in the UK: subjections, subjectifications and the routes to citizenship'
Somali migrants in the UK face a range of challenges, including high rates of poverty and unemployment, barriers to education and ostracisation of Islam. Young Somali women are a group that remains largely overlooked in research and policy even in comparison to the rest of the community and with additional factors of marginalisation. This research explores how young Somali female migrants in the UK become citizens and political subjects with a particular focus on the role of individual migration histories and intersectionality of gender, religion, age and race.
2013: Dr Helen Wilson (University of Manchester). 'Intercultural dialogue and diversity training in Europe: examining the mobilisation of a US intervention model - London, Zurich, Bern and Basel'
In 2008, the Council of Europe launched a new agenda for intercultural dialogue which placed emphasis on the provision of non-formal learning opportunities for the development of intercultural competencies. This placed dialogue at the heart of efforts to reduce conflict, increase tolerance and prevent ethnic, religious and cultural divides in European cities. This research focuses on related projects of cultural learning and community intervention that have been mobilised across European cities as best-practice examples.
2012: Dr Caleb Johnston (University of Glasgow). 'Performing Citizenship: politics, tactics, and adivasis rights in Ahmedabad'
Through theatre the research assessed the possibilities (and challenges) of collaboration in a post-colonial, trans-cultural exchange; the development of innovative research practices in human geography; and the potential of performance to expand the terrain of public debate in Ahmedabad.
2011: Dr Justin Spinney (University of East London). 'Travel choices and parenting practices: consumption, culture and mobility'
This project studied the changes and continuities in household travel patterns of first-time parents in London (UK). The research explored and theorised how parenting imposes a new suite of materialities, affective capacities, time constraints and practices, which in turn inform daily travel choices.
2009: Dr Ruth Evans (University of Reading). 'Young people caring for their siblings in child and youth headed households, in Tanzania and Uganda'
Participatory approaches to feedback and dissemination are seen as a way of enabling the voices of marginalised groups to prioritise research findings and engage in policy dialogue. This project sought to engage young people living in sibling-headed households affected by AIDS, community members and NGO stakeholders in active feedback and dissemination activities in Tanzania and Uganda, following initial pilot research in the research locations in 2008.
2008: Dr Claire Herrick (King's College London). 'The qualitative and comparative links between obesity and alcohol research in health geography'
This project aimed to carve out a new conceptual and empirical research agenda within health
geography from two previously distinct domains of interest - obesity and alcohol - in order to develop a future major grant proposal.