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Two prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prizes in Geography

Posted on 22/10/2016

L-R Katherine Brickell and Harriet Hawkins from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway is celebrating the announcement today of two prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prizes for Dr Katherine Brickell and Dr Harriet Hawkins in the Department of Geography, recognising their achievements as outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

Katherine Brickell and Harriet Hawkins, will each receive their share of thirty awards of £100,000, awarded annually across a range of academic disciplines.

Head of Geography, Professor Katie Willis said

“I am delighted that the outstanding research undertaken by Harriet and Katherine has been acknowledged by The Leverhulme Trust. Their research has gained international recognition as agenda-setting within the discipline, as well as having impacts beyond academia. The Philip Leverhulme Prize scheme is highly competitive, so having two recipients in one department is a real testament to the research environment that we have created at Royal Holloway Geography. This was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework results, where the Department ranked second in the UK.

Harriet Hawkins will use the prize to develop her collaborative work on Creating Earth Futures. This interdisciplinary work with international artists and arts organisations draws together creative practice, environmental science and the geographical imagination. The prize will also enable the ongoing development of the Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities through an events programme and a series of creative commissions and residencies.

Harriet commented,

“ It is a real honour to have my work recognised with this award.  It is also a testament to the research atmosphere of the Department of Geography and the supportive and inspirational nature of my colleagues in that department and across Royal Holloway. “

Katherine Brickell has established herself as a leading international figure in feminist geography, with major contributions to scholarship in the social sciences on gender injustices in domestic life and contemporary Cambodia. Her innovative research on violence against women and law in sensitive fieldwork contexts has been successful in reaching external audiences including government, and as a widely published researcher in leading geographical and interdisciplinary journals, she will reach a wider audience still with her monograph Home SOS: Gender, Violence and Law in Cambodia.

Speaking about the award, Katherine said,

“The Philip Leverhulme Prize will provide the time to write my monograph and develop a new research frontier around feminist legal geographies. This work will consolidate the success of my ESRC-DFID grant (2012-2015) on domestic violence law and will offer exciting opportunities for collaboration with the School of Law at Royal Holloway.”

Philip Leverhulme Prizes have been offered since 2001 in commemoration of the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of the Trust. For the 2016 competition the selected subject areas are intentionally broad, covering: Archaeology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Languages and Literatures.


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