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How is Britain changing?

The question for the 2016 Young Geographer of the Year competition and the accompanying Rex Walford Award was 'How is Britain changing?'

The question provided the opportunity to explore geographical change from many different perspectives, at both local and national scales. In support of the competition, we asked a range of organisations and individuals to tell us how they think Britain is changing...

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. The Society is dedicated to the development and promotion of geographical knowledge, together with its application to the challenges facing society and the environment.

Dr Rita Gardner, Director

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Field Studies Council (FSC), Blencathra

FSC is an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment. The Blencathra Centre, run in partnership with the Lake District National Park, is one of 18 field centres operated by the FSC.

Tim Foster, Head of Centre

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Professor Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway, University of London

Professor Klaus Dodds is a Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He researches in the areas of geopolitics and security, media and popular culture, and the international governance of the Antarctic and Arctic.

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Dr Nissa Finney, University of St Andrews

Dr Nissa Finney is a Reader in Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews. Her worked is concerned with residential patterns, their drivers and their consequences. Her work is broadly, and theoretically, framed by an interest in inequalities and social justice.

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Dr Catherine Butler, University of Exeter

Dr Catherine Butler is an environmental social scientist, whose work examines the processes of social and political transformation associated with climate change. Most recently, Catherine has been leading on a project focusing on the major flood event of winter 2013/14 on the Somerset Levels. The project seeks to better understand how perceptions of the causes of and solutions to flooding evolve over time and how these influence longer term policy responses.  

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21st Century Challenges

The Society's 21st Century Challenges considers the big social, environmental and economic challenges of our time. Be inspired with videos, facts, and further reading on how Britain is changing.


Britain from the Air

Britain from the air is a major national, outdoor touring exhibition, with accompanying online resources, of over 100 aerial photographs telling a fascinating story of Britain's geography and history.


For information on the 2017 Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award please visit www.rgs.org/YGOTY2017

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