Dr Thomas Birtchnell of the University of Wollongong, Australia, has been announced today as the winner of the Wiley Publishers Area Prize.
His winning paper examines geographies of manufacturing following the Second World War and was deemed the best paper published in Area by an early career researcher in 2013.
“This was my first paper for Area and I was really excited about contributing to this journal,” he says. “What’s nice about Area is that it has papers from both human geography and physical geography. I always enjoy Area papers.”
Area is one of the Society’s journals, published by Wiley. Awarding £500 each year, Area Prize rewards excellent geographical research and aims to encourage submissions from new researchers.
Thomas’s paper – entitled ‘Fill the ships and we shall fill the shops: the making of geographies of manufacturing’ – was commended by the review panel of Editors, Professor Kevin Ward, Dr Paul Wood and Professor Mark Whitehead, who noted: “This was a well written and theoretically-sophisticated and empirically-rich paper that reveals some of the historical geographies of globalization.”
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