We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2013 Dissertation Prize, Helen Trimm, from Nottingham University. Helen’s dissertation was titled “Reconstructing home as a site of care: an exploration into the changing meaning of home for elderly women”. <pdf here> The committee was very impressed by the depth and subtlety of the empirical research and by the way Helen applied this to policy and academic debates about care, the elderly and home. Simon Cook, Plymouth University, claimed the Runner-up Prize for his dissertation “Jography: Exploring the Mobilities of Road-Running”, which addressed a gap in the mobilities literature through his innovative ethnographic study. <pdf here>
Overall the standard of competition was extremely high, with 20 entries from universities across the UK. The Committee felt that the winner and runner-up showcased the very best work being produced by young social and cultural geographers in the UK. The winner receives £100 and both winner and runner-up receive a free subscription to the journal Social & Cultural Geography.