Since 1832, our prestigious medals and awards have recognised excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement.
This year our medals and awards recognise 23 different people or organisations for their outstanding contributions to geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, and public engagement.
Her Majesty the Queen has approved the award of the Royal Medals as follows:
Sir David Hempleman-Adams For enabling science through expeditions, and inspiring younger generations of geographers
Professor Dame Jane Francis For her contributions to the earth and environmental sciences
The Society’s Council has made the following awards:
Professor Paul Cloke For his contribution to rural geography and to the wider discipline
Professor James D. Sidaway For fieldwork and engagement with a remarkable span of theoretical approaches
Nicholas Jones For his ability to ‘capture the uncapturable’: the ever-changing play of light on landscape
Professor David Hannah For the quality, international impact, and breadth of his publications within the field of hydroclimatology
Dr Fiona McConnell For outstanding scholarship underpinned by a commitment to shape public policy in geopolitical settings
Professor Alex Singleton For contributions to contemporary methods in geography that lie at the boundary between the social and computational sciences
Professor Christina Hicks For exceptional early career research with a remarkable track record of achievement
Dr Junxi Qian For exceptional early career research with a remarkable track record of achievement
Alistair Hamill For excellence in geography education at secondary level
Iram Sammar For excellence in geography education at secondary level
Professor Nicola Thomas For outstanding leadership in research-led teaching and community partnerships
Lemn Sissay OBE For recognition of his long-standing contributions to promoting insightful understandings of our place in the world by means of poetry and the spoken word
David Rumsey For his significant contributions to public access to historic maps and cartography
Jessica Edgley For the undergraduate geography dissertation judged to be the best in 2021
Dr Samantha Saville For the best article in the journal by a new researcher: “Towards humble geographies”
Joelle D’Mello For her A Level project titled “Through economic status, the environment, accessibility, and regeneration, how does quality of living vary between a rural and urban area?”
Black Girls Hike For enabling and empowering Black women and girls to connect with and enjoy being in the outdoors
In recognition of outstanding support for geography
Professor Patricia Orchid Daley
Dr Joanne Norcup
Professor Divya Praful Tolia-Kelly
In recognition of outstanding support for the Society and geography
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