The UON School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Geography and Environmental Studies) were fortunate to host the annual NSW Geography Honours/Masters Conference on the 9th of November.
This Honours/Masters Conference series first started as a way for postgraduate students to share their work with colleagues and network with like-minded researchers in the field. On the day, there were 13 great presentations by students sharing their learnings from Macquarie University, University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong and UON.
UON Senior Lecturer, Research Higher Degree Convenor and Vice-President of the Geographical Society of NSW Meg Sherval noted that “It was a very successful day featuring a series of fascinating papers from all students that contributed. With topics and issues ranging from fishing practices of migrants to urban development, wind farm management and the use of Tinder.”
This year our Honours student Jean-Louise Olivier and was awarded the Jim Rose prize for best human geography presentation. Jean-Louise’s honours project explores the embodied politics of citizen activists. Her presentation was titled: ‘When the Grandmothers are Protesting, you know there’s something up‘ – Gender, Space and the Body’.
Brittany Betteridge from the University of Sydney was awarded for the overall best paper at the conference, with her presentation titled ‘Everyday Resilience: Responding to Livelihood Threats in North Jakarta’s Kampung’.
Professor Phil McManus started the event by sharing that “The mission of the Geographical Society is to elevate the discipline of geography, as well as to excite and engage the public in geography. The Geography Honours/Masters Conference is an important means by which we fulfil this mission”.
This Conference definitely realised this goal.