Talented colleagues “absolutely delighted” to win prestigious SAGE Prize

Gill and AnnaCongratulations to Dr Aneta Piekut and Professor Gill Valentine who have been awarded the esteemed SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence 2017.

The annual prize is given to one paper in each of the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) prestigious journals, such as Cultural Sociology and Sociological Research Online. It recognises papers, published throughout the previous year, that are judged to represent innovation or excellence in the field.

Professor Gill Valentine, Vice President and Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “There were a number of strong nominations this year so we are absolutely delighted to receive the Sage Innovation and Excellence Prize.”

Professor Valentine, Dr Piekut, and co-author Dr Lucy Mayblin from The University of Warwick (previously in the University’s Department of Geography), received the Sociology prize for their paper entitled 'Other’ Posts in ‘Other’ Places: Poland through a Postcolonial Lens?

The paper applied a postcolonial analysis to Poland, a country that was on the edge of European colonialism, to understand what this approach can reveal about Polish attitudes to other nationalities and diversity.

The research was carried out as part of the Living with difference in Europe: Making communities out of strangers in an era of super mobility and super diversity project, funded by the European Research Council.

Professor Valentine added: “We would like to thank everyone who supported this research, which provides important insights into understanding Polish attitudes towards other nationalities and acts as a starting point for further research into this area.”

The prize was announced during the BSA Annual Conference 2017: Recovering the Social: Personal Troubles and Public Issues at the University of Manchester.

As a result of winning, the paper will be given a period of open access.