We’re delighted to hear that Kim Peters is the 2020 recipient of the RGS-IBG Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Early Career Research in Human Geography. Kim’s work has been at the forefront of contemporary geographical research, exploring the social, cultural and political dimensions of everyday maritime geographies and mobilities, making her one of the leading specialists in her field. Beyond research, Kim demonstrates a high level of collegiality, developing collaborative strategies that are designed to promote geography at all stages, from A-Level curriculum development and undergraduate support, to postgraduate and early career researcher support and mentorship. The SCGRG were lucky to have Kim as Education Officer from 2014 to 2019, and we are proud to have her as a strong ambassador for social and cultural geography. Congratulations Kim, and we wish you all the best in your new role at the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity!
Responding to her accolade Kim said:
“Being involved with the RGS since studying as a PhD student, it became a disciplinary home to me, and so too the SCGRG specifically. As part of the group I have met – and continue to meet – amazing colleagues and friends from beyond my institution, sharing ideas, interests – and wine – with great people doing great work in social and cultural geography around the country. I was fortunate to take the helm of the ‘Education’ officer role for the first time in the group – a daunting but exciting challenge. Some things developed well, like mentoring, others (such as the inaugural Teaching Research event) took longer, and things, such as outputs from our events, are continuing at a slower pace of scholarship – but they have been possible not because of me but a passion from the whole group and the specific support of colleagues in each of these developments. I look forward to continuing with the group and seeing where plans go next!”