Category Geographers in the news

John Sweeney’s Reflections on COP23: Report 1

John Sweeney is Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University. John contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has regularly attended at the Climate talks held under the UN Framework Convention […]


The Law, Geography, Business, MHS, Media, and Anthropology Societies are calling YOU to take action! Ibrahim Halawa, is an Irish student, who is being illegally detained in an Eygyptian prison, after being caught up in a riot which broke out following a peaceful protest three years ago. We are asking you to stop by the […]

Questioning Racism: Bodies and Landscape

In this blog post, PhD student, Ambra Gatto Bergamasco, who is completing a PhD in NIRSA, describes her new project that uses dance as a vehicle for exploring issues about bodies, places and racism. She recently won an Artist in the Community Research and Development award from Create (the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts). The award […]

David Harvey visits Galway

The Geographical Society of Ireland’s 45th Conference of Irish Geographers will take place between 16th and 18th of May, 2013, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. You can see further details about the conference by following this link; find out more about NUIG’s excellent Geography department here; and read about the Geographical Society of Ireland here.

A geography Christmas no. 1 by Ultan Sherry?

Ultan Sherry, a Geography and Media Studies student here in Maynooth, has shocked the music world with his wonderful Christmas song, Let the snowflakes fall, which you can listen to and watch below: In addition to this fantastic song and video, which has led to massive online sales (with proceeds going to Autism Ireland) and […]

A geographer is quoted in the New York Times

Let’s face it, it’s unusual to see a geographer quoted in any newspaper, never mind the New York Times, so it’s nice to read a quote from Michael Watts in this article about Nigeria. Watts is based in the University of California, Berkeley and has written extensively about Nigeria (and much else, besides) over the last thirty or […]

Apres nous, le deluge

‘Eye on the world’ has been rather quiet this week – we blame numerous (worthy) distractions. Our Geography colleagues in Cork haven’t had the same luxury: they’ve been coping with flooded buildings and roads, an inundated university, and interruptions to the supply of water and electricity. However, geographer Denis Linehan has found time to map […]

A Diamond geezer?

A major reason for developing this blog is to draw attention to the work of geographers, not least when their exploits hit the news headlines, which admittedly doesn’t happen much. It is, therefore, worth pointing out that Jared Diamond, geographer in UCLA and award-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, has been in the news […]

Erin go…

Geography can lay some claim to Paul Krugman’s fame (he recently was awarded a Nobel Prize) because geographic issues have been at the heart of his innovations in Economic theory. Krugman’s “geographical imagination” has attracted some attention in the last few days after his influential Op-Ed piece in the New York Times looked at Ireland’s […]

Timing the world

Forty years ago, historian E P Thompson suggested that the ‘invention’ of clock time facilitated the Industrial Revolution – a ‘horological revolution’ where the mass production of mechanical clocks allowed time to be turned into a regulated commodity instead of the earlier seasonal, sunrise-sunset regimes. A new book by geographers Paul Glennie and Nigel Thrift […]