SCGRG Book Prize (with Social and Cultural Geography)

We invite nominations for the inaugural Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (with Social and Cultural Geography) book prize. The book prize will run every three years, and is designed to recognise and celebrate a book that makes an original contribution to the field of social and cultural geography, broadly understood. We aim to celebrate work that, as well as embodying qualities of rigour, invention and care, makes, or has the potential to make, a difference to knowledge and practice in the subdiscipline. Recognising the important contributions that all forms of books make to research and scholarship, we welcome nominations of research monographs, textbooks and edited collections. This is a joint initiative between the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group and the journal Social and Cultural Geography.

To note:

1. For the first round, books are eligible which were first published between 1st January 2019 – 1st January 2022.

2. Authors/editors of nominated books can be based anywhere in the world.

4. A short statement (maximum 200 words) should accompany the nomination, briefly setting out the contribution the book makes to social and cultural geography. Nominations without the accompanying statement will not be considered.

5. Anyone can nominate a book, but please ensure you have permission of the author(s) and/or editor(s) before nominating. We also welcome and encourage self-nominations.

6. The Prize will be decided through review by a gender balanced subcommittee of SCGRG, comprising of Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, a member of the Social and Cultural Geography editorial team, and four additional members. Should a conflict of interest arise, other members of the SCGRG committee or Social and Cultural Geography editorial team will be involved in the review process.

7. The Prize will be awarded against the criteria of the originality of the work – its actual and/or potential impact on: knowledge and/or established methodological, theoretical and/or teaching practice in contemporary social and cultural geography. 

8. The book will be the focus of a review and celebration session at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference following award, and an author meets critics forum in Social and Cultural Geography.

9. In the event of a competitive field, we may make a joint award and/or note a number of ‘highly commended’ runner up books.

10. Nominations, with supporting statement, should be sent by 28th January 2022 to Prof Ben Anderson – – with subject line ‘2022 SCGRG Book Prize Nomination’.  The Prize will be announced in July 2022. Any questions please contact Ben.

11. Nominations should provide a) name of book and author(s)/editor(s); b) 200 word supporting statement and c) pdf of the book.