Posted on 16/11/2012
Dr Noam Leshem, who has recently joined the Department as a lecturer in Human Geography, has been awarded the 2012 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic.
Noam’s PhD dissertation was entitled ‘Taking Place: Spatial History in Israel and the case of Salama/Kefar Shalem’. It was carried out while a graduate student at Birbeck College, University of London. The Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize was established jointly in 1986 by the Leigh Douglas Memorial Fund and British Society of Middle Eastern Studies in memory of Dr Leigh Douglas who was killed in Beirut in 1986. It is awarded annually to the writer of the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities. There are hopes that a version of the dissertation will be published as a book in the near future, and Noam already has an impressive track record of journal publications.
Noam is making a great contribution to the teaching on our degrees, particularly in urban and political geography, where he has contributed for a couple of years. Our third year undergraduates are eagerly anticipating the launch of his new 'Cities in Conflict' course in the spring term.