Since 1832, our prestigious medals and awards have recognised excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement.
Our prestigious medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research, fieldwork, teaching, policy, and public engagement. They are presented annually in recognition of those who have made outstanding contributions to geography.
The presentation of the 2021 awards will take place in conjunction with the 2020 awards presentation (which has been delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions) in the winter of 2021, on a date to be confirmed, at the Society in Kensington, London.
Her Majesty the Queen has approved the award of the Royal Medals as follows:
Royal Medal - Founder’s Medal
Andy Eavis For his significant contribution in leading speleological expeditions, exploring and recording some of the largest caves in the world for over 50 years
Royal Medal - Patron’s Medal
Dr Rita Gardner CBE For the widespread advancement of geography across all its sub-disciplines through her Directorship of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Society’s Council has made the following awards:
Professor Chris Philo For his promotion and contribution to research in health, social and cultural geographies
Dr Emma Mawdsley For exceptional engagements with fieldwork, research and knowledge production about the global South
Cherry Kearton Medal and Award
David Coulson For providing outstanding resources through his photographic work to enable a better understanding of African Rock Art
Dr Patricia Noxolo For publications judged to contribute most to geographical science in preceding recent years, particularly through reconceptualising spatial ethics through place-based practices and her effective advocating of postcolonial and decolonial thought in geography and beyond
Professor Terry Marsden For outstanding contribution to the development of national and international rural planning and development public policy
Cuthbert Peek Award
Professor Philip Ashworth For pioneering wide-reaching research methods through the modelling of river dynamics
Gill Memorial Award (two awards)
Dr Sarah Marie Hall For outstanding early career research in human geography
Dr Louise Slater For outstanding early career research in physical geography
Ordnance Survey Awards (two awards)
Hafsa Bobat Garcia For excellence in geography education at secondary level
Kate Stockings For excellence in geography education at secondary level
Taylor and Francis Award
Catherine White For sustained contributions to teaching and learning in higher education, supporting geographers through their transition across different stages of education
Isabella Tree For the popularisation of geography through her writing on biodiversity and the relation between humans and the environment
Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize
Alice Collins For the undergraduate geography dissertation judged to be the best in 2020 "'I’ve never seen it look like that': The dronescape, tentative enchantments, and a passion to fly"
Dr Ingrid Medby For the best article in the journal by a new researcher: Political geography and language: A reappraisal for a diverse discipline
Ron Cooke Award
Hollie Daw For her A Level Independent Investigation “An examination of the factors affecting infiltration rate at Ashford Hill National Nature Reserve”
Dr Suresh Paul/Equal Adventure For contributions to inclusive and ethical practices in expeditions and fieldwork
Honorary Fellowship in recognition of outstanding support for the Society and geography
Professor Allan Findlay
Professor John Lewin
Dr John Hemming
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