Abbey Wong, 2018 Geographical Fieldwork Grant recipient, monitoring weather sensors in the Peruvian Andes © Olivia Milani
Our 2019 Geographical Fieldwork Grant recipients are heading out into the field to begin their summer fieldwork. Eight teams received funding through the Geographical Fieldwork Grant scheme this year and they are working on a range of research topics in seven countries across the globe.
Third year geography student James English, from Newcastle University, is collaborating with researchers from the Institute of Geochemistry in Irkutsk to extract a series of lake sediment cores from four lakes in the Sayan Mountains of southern Siberia in order to reconstruct palaeotemperatures and past ecosystem structures. Arzucan Askin, an undergraduate geography student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is aiming to understand how and why women are at the forefront of climate action in Cuba, and will examine the socio-political factors that determine Cuban women’s climate change resilience. University of Exeter student Natalie Lewis is collaborating with researchers from the University of Antananarivo and Development and Biodiversity Conservation Action for Madagascar (DBCAM) to gain a deeper understanding of the endemic species and ecosystems in the Iaroka forest, one of the largest remaining areas of forest in Madagascar.
This year’s other projects include retracing the steps of one of Oxford’s first female anthropologists, Maria Czaplicka, in Siberia; studying the flora and fauna of the Usun Apau plateau in Malaysian Borneo; assessing the dynamics of the Russell Glacier in Western Greenland; and understanding the factors driving ablation rates at the Miage Glacier in northwestern Italy.
The Geographical Fieldwork Grants are the Society’s longest running grant scheme and each year provide as many as 20 research teams with up to £3,000 to carry out geographical fieldwork overseas.
The scheme is generously supported by more than 20 donors, including the Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust, the Alexander Awards, Neil Thomas Proto, and the Edinburgh Trust.
Find out more about the Geographical Fieldwork Grants.
Our grants programme supports more than 60 projects across the world every year. Are you seeking funding for fieldwork? Find a grant.