Monthly Archives: September 2009

Land grab continues

As discussed elsewhere in this blog, land rights NGOs and observers of land issues in Africa are raising serious concerns about the contemporary ‘land grab’ in which rich world corporations and sovereign wealth funds and governments are acquiring land for agricultural production. The latest news on this score is that South Korea’s state-run Korea Rural […]

Islands that come and go

The recent report on the curious disappearance of a Mexican island called Bermeja is an intriguing one, which suggests that the notion of a fixed boundary is perhaps not as clear-cut as we think. In considering the presence of literal ephemeral spaces, the loss of the island, marked until the 1940s on official maps, but […]

The end of gentrification

Geography students need to study cities, not least because so much of what they need to know about the world will occur in urban areas. One crucial urban feature (in Ireland and in numerous other countries) is gentrification. Gentrification is a process of displacement in which relatively high-income newcomers arrive into urban neighbourhoods, which forces […]

Google Maps craze sweeps through Dublin life

An offshoot of academic Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), underpins a lot of the virtual world we inabit (and produce) these days. GIS is the backbone of Google Maps, for example, as well as other, less-well-known (but arguably more impressive) mapping sites, such as Open Street Map. It’s all good for Geography. Note to Geography […]