Dissertation Prize

The UGRG’s annual undergraduate dissertation prize is for innovative, original and high quality research in urban geography. No substantive area of urban geography is excluded from consideration: we welcome submissions which address any aspect of the social, cultural, economic or political life of cities. Additionally, dissertations may be based on secondary (archival) or primary data, addressing urban issues via a contemporary or historical focus. The winner will receive a prize to the value of £75, and have their dissertation published on the UGRG website (http://urban-geography.org.uk/).

The prize is open to any currently registered undergraduate student in a UK Department of Geography, Planning, Earth Sciences or Environmental Sciences. Whilst it is expected that most such students will be in their third year of study (FT), students in the final year of a 4 year program may be entered for the prize so long as the nominated dissertation has been submitted for an undergraduate (rather than Masters) degree. Entries from year 4 students will be assessed according to higher marking criteria. It is customary for Dissertation Tutors or Heads of Departments to nominate outstanding urban geography dissertations for this prize. Departments may not submit more than one entry. Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted and considered for the prize. Please email a pdf or word file of the dissertation to: Priya Vadi (Priya.Vadi.2011@live.rhul.ac.uk).

Deadline: 17 July 2015


2014 Winner:            

James Woolsey, University of Bristol

‘Underground Imaginaries’

2014 Honourable Mention:

Xavier Auty, London School of Economics and Political Science

‘The realities of mixed tenure as a means to combat deprivation and a path to ‘mixed, inclusive and sustainable communities’, on the St Matthews Estate, Brixton’


2013 Winner: 

Gillian Wales, University of Strathclyde 

Gardens of Transition, Spaces of Representation: An Analysis of Guerrilla Gardens using the works of Lefebvre as a Theoretical Framework


2012 Winner:

Emma Colven, University College London

A neoliberal political agenda? The debate surrounding outdoor service provision for the homeless in WestminsterA neoliberal political agenda?

2012 Honourable Mention:

Richard Reynolds, Swansea University

To Panopticon or not Panopticon: assessing the validity and applicability of the Panopticon concept in Newcastle’s CCTV system 


2011 Winner:

Ravi Soni, University College London
Urban Regeneration and the Effect on Small Businesses: The Case of Eastside

2011 Honourable Mention:

Joseph I. Silverman, University of Edinburgh
Recovering Everyday Life from ‘Britain’s Most Dangerous Street’: ‘They call it going down Stapes’


2010 Winner:

Daniella Zana Snapes, University of Nottingham
The new Polish migrant: Social spaces and their role in the expatriate experience of London

2010 Honourable Mention:

Julie Harris, University of Manchester
Urban exploration: The search for memory in forgotten place


2009 Winners:

Joe Penny, University College London
“Skate and Destroy”?: Subculture, Space and Skateboarding as Performance 

Danny McNally, Leeds Metropolitan University
The control of art space: a geographical exploration of art in Leeds 


2008 Winner:
Michael Stewart Kords, University of Glasgow
Deciphering the ‘Open Citadel’: Discourses of Modernity in the Planning of a Scottish New Town

James Trafford, University of Cambridge
(Re)mapping marginality: black gay men’s exclusions in Post-Katrina New Orleans

2008 Honourable Mentions:
Leonard Ehrenfried, Queen Mary, University of London
Getting a bit of the other: Whiteness and gentrification on Brick Lane 


2007 Winner:
Benjamin Thorpe, University of Cambridge
Mapping Toronto’s Hidden Landscapes: The Subversive Cartography of Bill Bunge

2007 Honourable Mentions:
Katherine Bodding, University of Bristol
Slave to the past contestation in Bristol’s Cultural Landscape

Anna Bullivant, Kings’ College London
The Urbanisation of the Suburbs and the Search for Belonging

Kate Maclennan, University of Leeds
Changing Face of Town Twinning: Collaborating in Friendship or Collaborating to Compete


2006 Winner:
Matther Maguire, University of Edinburgh
The consequences of the relocation of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary: an integrated multimodal approach to accessibility studies

2006 Honourable Mentions:
David Roberts, University of Birmingham
Unwelcome in the city: exclusion and the homeless in Liverpool

Katharine Arnold, University of Oxford
La ‘Londonisation’ – the future of Paris? A case for the ‘soft’ global city

Matthew Spilsbury, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Decline and deprivation or renaissance and renewal? Urban regeneration in Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne

Alexander Patton, University of Cambridge
Cultures of dis-attachment?’ A case study of unemployment amongst Bangladeshis in Tower Hamlets and its links to localised social networks, poor social capital and residential segregation


2002 Winner:
Martin Cooper, Queen Mary, University of London
The end of public space? The impact of entrepreneurial governance and the imagineering of space in Centro Ybor, Tampa, Florida

2002 Honourable Mention:
Louisa Cotterill, Royal Holloway, University of London
A model for community participation: urban renewal at the Bull Ring, Birmingham


2001 Winner:
Andrew Currah, University of Cambridge
Virtual Shopping in Toronto: from electronic space to physical place.

2001 Honourable Mentions:

Khazida Begum, Brunel University
Gateway to Council Housing: An examination into the experiences of the Bangladeshi community in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Fedrico Caprotti, University of Oxford
The Representation of Power and Ideology in Fascist New Towns: the case of Sabaudi, Italy.

James Faulconbridge, University of Loughborough
European International Financial Centres in the time of Monetary Union