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Professor Bhaskar Vira of Cambridge's Department of Geography and Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Busk Medal, in recognition of his interdisciplinary research on economy, environment and development.

Professor Vira, who is also a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, will be awarded the medal at a ceremony on 4 June. 

“It is a great honour to be recognised by the Royal Geographical Society for the Busk Medal, and for the award citation which confirms the importance of interdisciplinary research on the economy, environment and development," said Vira. "As someone who has embraced the geographical tradition of critical, engaged enquiry while trying to maintain conversations across disciplinary boundaries, this award is a reaffirmation of the relevance and contribution of the discipline in relation to the contemporary world. I’m privileged to work with inspirational colleagues and wonderful students within Geography and beyond, and grateful to them for the many stimulating and invigorating conversations that have influenced my own thinking over the years.”

This year the Society’s medals and awards recognise 21 different people for their outstanding contributions to geography.

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography, and was formed in 1830 for 'the advancement of geographical science'. 

Date awarded

04 May 2018

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