2017 Student Award Winners

Graduate Student Research Award:
Kelsey Johnson, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
Dissertation Research: Blood money: race and capital in the US blood plasma industry

Graduate Student Paper Award:
Thomas Loder, Texas A&M University
Paper:  Homo Dakoticus: The Creation of Energy Citizens in North DakotaDissertation Award:
Dr. Luis Felipe Alvarez León, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at the USC Price School of Public Policy
Dissertation Title: Assembling Digital Economies: Geographic Information Markets and Intellectual Property Regimes in the United States and the European Union
Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation Co-Chairs: Allen J. Scott and Eric Sheppard

Please note that the deadline for submissions for next year’s competition will be March 2, 2018.


2016 Student Award Winners

Graduate Student Research Award:  Yui Hashimoto, PhD Researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Yui’s dissertation research, “Theorizing fast food workers and the ‘Fight for 15,” will examine gendered and racialized low-wage work in a mid-western American city, with a focus on geographic dimensions of fast food worker activism in the context of a global push for a living wage. Yui’s dissertation study is supervised by Anne Bonds.

Student Paper Award: Aarti Krishnan, PhD Researcher at the University of Manchester for “Expansion of regional value chains: The case of Kenyan horticulture.” Aarti’s paper (which forms part of her dissertation) examines how regional value chains evolve from participation in global value chains in the marketing of agricultural produce in Kenya, showing how local context affects forms of participation. Aarti’s dissertation work is supervised by Stephanie Barrientos.

Dissertation Award: Sophie Webber, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geography at UCLA, for “Adaptation Ecologies: Circuits of Climate Change Finance, Policy and Science in the Pacific Islands.” Sophie’s dissertation (completed at the University of British Columbia under supervision of Jamie Peck and Simon Donnor) explores the role of international development institutions in bringing about climate change adaptation projects and policies in the context of small island states in the Pacific region.