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  • 2017 Graduate Student Paper Award Winners

    Greetings QRSG community!

     

    We are delighted to share our 2017 QRSG Graduate Student Paper award winners, who were announced at our AAG business meeting in Boston last month.

     

    We again received a fabulous pool of papers, and were so impressed to see the creative uses of qualitative methods showcased in the work of a very talented group of graduate students. Please join us in congratulating all of writers for their quality submissions, and in recognizing the outstanding work of the MA paper award winner, Shona Loong, and PhD paper award winners, Rachel Baker and Chad N. Steacy!

     

    QRSG 2017 MA Award: 

     

    Shona Loong

    MA Candidate, Department of Geography

    National University of Singapore

     

    Paper Title: “Slow violence in the borderlands: attritional violence, naked labour, and displacement along the Thai-Myanmar border”

     

    QRSG 2017 PhD Awards:

     

    Rachael Baker 

    PhD Candidate, Department of Geography

    Canada-US Fulbright Student Researcher

    York University/Wayne State University

     

    Paper title: “A Lifetime of Grace; a Pedagogy of the City and the Beloved Community in the 21st Century City”

     

    Chad N. Steacy

    PhD Candidate, Department of Geography

    Researcher, Coweeta Listening Project
    Graduate Fellow, Diversity & Inclusion Project

    University of Georgia

     

    Paper title: “Geographies of attachment and despair: Evoking the ambivalence of place(ment) through poetic analysis of urban decline” 

     



    All the best,

    2016-2017 QRSG Board: Dan Trudeau, Jennifer Fluri, Amy Trauger, and Amy Piedalue

  • New RTS Board

    Hi everyone,
    I am very pleased to announce the new RTS board. Michael Clancy has rotated off the board and Elizabeth Vidon will be taking his place on the Secretary and Treasurer team with Piotr Niewiadomski. Steven Ericson has joined the communications team, and considering the increasing significance of social media having three people on this team to keep us up to date and in touch makes sense. Jarkko Saarinen, with connections to the RGS-IBG, is helping to further broaden our international reach as part of the international liaisons team. And, of course, I have now taken over as Chair from Patrick Brouder. Thanks to all for their service the past couple of years!

    We are still in need of a student representative, however. Please send me information for nominations for this role.

    Chair: Jillian Rickly (University of Nottingham)

    Secretary & Treasurer: Piotr Niewiadomski (University of Aberdeen) & Elizabeth Vidon (SUNY-ESF)

    Student Representative: TBA

    Communications: Mary Mostafanezhad (University of Hawai’I at Manoa), Kathleen Seal (Texas State University), & Steven Ericson (University of Alabama)

    International Liaisons: Tometi Gbedema (University of California, Davis), Friedrich Zimmermann (University of Graz, Austria), & Jarkko Saarinen (University of Oulu, Finland)



    Best wishes,
    Jillian

  • EconGeo Analysis Software (in R) Available

    Pierre-Alexandre Ballard is making available EconGeo, a new software (in R) to easily compute a series of indices commonly used in the fields of economic geography, economic complexity, and evolutionary economics to describe the location, distribution, spatial organization, structure, and complexity of economic activities. A short introduction to this R package is available here: http://econ.geo.uu.nl/peeg/peeg1709.pdf.

    Abstract: The R statistical software is increasingly used to perform analysis on the spatial distribution of economic activities. It contains state-of-the-art statistical and graphical routines not yet available in other software such as SAS, Stata, or SPSS. R is also free and open-source. Many graduate students and researchers, however, find programming in R either too challenging or end up spending a lot of their precious time solving trivial programming tasks. This paper is a simple introduction on how to do economic geography in R using the EconGeo package (Balland, 2017). Users do not need extensive programming skills to use it. EconGeo allows to easily compute a series of indices commonly used in the fields of economic geography, economic complexity, and evolutionary economics to describe the location, distribution, spatial organization, structure, and complexity of economic activities. Functions include basic spatial indicators such as the location quotient, the Krugman specialization index, the Herfindahl or the Shannon entropy indices but also more advanced functions to compute different forms of normalized relatedness between economic activities or network-based measures of economic complexity. By opening and sharing the codes used to compute popular indicators of the spatial distribution of economic activities, one of the goals of this package is to make peer-reviewed empirical studies more reproducible by a large community of researchers.