Sheffield geographers honoured by Royal Geographical Society

Three Sheffield geographers have been recognised for their contributions to the discipline by the RGS (with IBG) in their 2024 awards.

Three gold medals inside open cases

Professor Chris Clark was awarded the Busk Medal for his profound influence on the understanding of glacial systems through the British-Irish Ice Sheet reconstruction. This influential research project saw significant interest with copies of the ice sheet map being sent out to every secondary school in the UK.

Dr Ana Laura Zavala Guillen, who recently completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield and now lectures at Northumbria University, was awarded a prize for her paper ‘Feeling/thinking the archive: Participatory mapping Marronage’.

Finally, Dr Vanessa Lawrence, a long-time Sheffield alumna who was CEO of Ordnance Survey, and is now a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and AI, received the Founder’s Medal for outstanding contributions to the RGS and to the promotion of geography in the UK and internationally.

Head of the Department of Geography, Professor Matt Watson, said: “We are delighted that Chris, Ana and Vanessa have been honoured by the Royal Geographical Society. These awards recognise three talented individuals at different career stages across academia and in industry. I believe this is both a testament to the dedication of our teaching and research staff, and also to the passion of our students, many of whom go on to have extraordinary careers.”

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