Research Prizes

The Carceral Geography Working Group are pleased to announce two new prizes to recognise student research. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Undergraduate Dissertation and the Best Postgraduate ‘Paper’.

Best Undergraduate Dissertation

A £50 prize will be awarded for the best undergraduate dissertation. The prize-winner will also be invited to feature their writing on the Carceral Geography website.

Nominated dissertations should: be an outstanding theoretical and/or empirical piece of work; be usually 8,000 words or more in length; have been submitted for formal assessment no earlier than 12 months before the prize deadline for a BA/BSc level degree programme; include a full set of references and images (as relevant); in PDF format.

Students need not necessarily be aligned to a geography(-related) discipline but their work should engage with issues of carcerality and/or themes emergent in carceral geographies. We welcome entries from students outside of the UK but the dissertation should be submitted in (or professionally translated to) English.

Dissertations should be nominated by either a research supervisor, Head of Department, or Head of Discipline. Please note that a department may not submit more than one entry and nominated dissertations should not be submitted for consideration for any other RGS-IBG prizes.

For any further details or questions please contact Dr Lauren Martin using the details below. 

Submissions to: Dr Lauren Martin (lauren.martin@durham.ac.uk)

Deadline: 15 July 2021

Best postgraduate ‘paper’

A £50 prize will be awarded for postgraduate research. The prize-winner will also be offered one-day registration for the Annual International Conference of the RGS-IBG and invited to feature their writing on the Carceral Geography website.

The prize will be awarded for the best research ‘paper’, which could be derived from a Masters thesis, PhD chapter, or a conference paper script. No more than 5000 words should be submitted. Where students submit a script for a conference paper, a copy of any accompanying slides should also be submitted. Papers should include a full set of references and images (as relevant).

The prize is open to both current and former postgraduate students at both Masters and PhD level. In order to be eligible for the prize, former postgraduate students must have submitted a Masters or doctoral dissertation no earlier than 12 months before the prize deadline. Where any applicant wishes to submit a conference script for consideration, the conference paper should have been delivered no earlier than 12 months before the prize deadline.

Applications from outside the UK are welcomed but the paper should be written in (or translated professionally in) to English. Students need not necessarily be aligned to a geography(-related) discipline but their work should engage with issues of carcerality and/or themes emergent in carceral geographies.

Papers should be submitted by the student in pdf format with an appropriate research supervisor copied into the email.

For any further details or questions please contact Dr Lauren Martin using the details below. 

Submissions to: Dr Lauren Martin (lauren.martin@durham.ac.uk)

Deadline: 1 November 2021