Below you can find the winners of our Dissertation Prize awards since 2010, and links to their respective dissertations. Please use these research projects as examples of good practice when writing up a dissertation or other academic article.

The winner receives £100 for the best Undergraduate dissertation while the runner-up and winner both receive a year’s personal subscription to the journal Social and Cultural Geography, published by Taylor & Francis.


Runner Up: Thomas Paulsen, University of Exeter

In Search of Danish Atmospheres

Winner: Anna Knowles-Smith, University College London

Refugees and theatre: an exploration of the basis of self-representation


After many deliberations, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Dissertation Prize. They are:


Megan O’Kane, Queens University Belfast

“Geographies of Suicide and the Representation of Self-Sacrifice in Japanese Popular Culture and Media”


Imogen Fox, University of Brighton

“Meltdowns in the mud: A spatial, emotional and relational approach to the experience of ‘care’ in the micro-spatialities of Glastonbury Festival”


Winner: Emma-Mai Eshelby (Leicester). “Gown and town: the unfolding presence of studentification in Clarendon Park, Leicester”

Runner-up: Grace Burchell (Nottingham) “Breeding Frankenstein’s Bulldog: reimagining the Pedigree in Nineteenth Century England”

Runner-up: Amelia Davy (Oxford) “Temporal worldings: an exploration of how time was implicated in the experiences of American Soldiers during the Vietnam War”

We decided to have two runners-up this year, due to the high standard of entries.


Winner: Jennifer Durrant, University of Cambridge,  “Fallen on hard times: Re-examining the homeless hostel”

Runner-up: Helen Spooner, University of Oxford, “A kinaesthetic spirituality: An autophenomenographic account of running 250km of the Camino Portugués”


Winner: Helen Trimm, Nottingham University, “Reconstructing home as a site of care: an exploration into the changing meaning of home for elderly women”

Runner-up: Simon Cook, Plymouth University, “Jography: Exploring the Mobilities of Road-Running”


Winner: Chris Goodman, University of Oxford, “Walking with Lions: reconfiguring ‘wild(er)ness’, ‘domestication’ and ‘captivity’ through ALERT’s lion rewilding project” (6.5MB pdf).

Runner up: Nicholas Speechley, Loughborough University, “‘Keeping them together’, University Accommodation and the ‘International’ Student: A Case Study of Loughborough University, UK(250kB pdf)


Winner: Jessica Potts, University of Durham, “We are not here, we are not there”: Young Refugees’ and Asylum Seeker’s Negotiations of Identity and Belonging‘ (412 kB pdf).

Runner up: Mary McLaren, University of Exeter, ‘Constructing distant geographies of care: the example of Fairtrade in Horsham‘ (3.0MB pdf).


Winner: Kaleigh Jones, University of Oxford, “Embodying Mobile Cultures: a case study of Capoeira (abstract and images, 826.2 kB pdf).

Runner up: Emma Bonny, University of Nottingham, “The landscape and culture of allotments: a study in Hornchurch, Essex (5.5 MB pdf).