Tag Archives: Geography

Web-Scraping for Social Research: A Tutorial

Scraping, to state this quite formally, is a prominent technique for the automated collection of online data” (Marres and Weltevrede, 2013) As online databases become increasingly ubiquitous and critical to infrastructure and basic services, there has been a push back by researchers and activists attempting, in the first place, to make these databases more transparent […]

A Pin on the Map: Identifying Healthy Places at Maynooth University

  Walking down a path lined with greens and browns of trees and leaves; sitting in a comfy seat, snug and cozy in our space; or sitting in a crowded room feeling uncomfortable, distracted, or alone. These experiences and others revolve around the feelings of places–how we come to love some places, feel an attachment […]

Spatial Justice

On Monday 29 September, 13.00, at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson st, Dublin, The RIA and the Geographical Society of Ireland will host a lecture by Professor John Mohan, Director of the Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham, UK. The title of his talk is “Charity deserts, spatial justice, and the distribution of voluntary […]

NUIM Launches new International Masters in Transformative Community Development

  Climate change threatens the livelihoods of rural communities in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa where agriculture is predominantly rain-fed and subsistence farming is the norm. With climate change the area suitable for agriculture, the length of growing seasons and yield potentials are expected to dramatically decrease, adversely affecting food security and exacerbating malnutrition. The […]

Incongruity and Convergence

When called upon to describe the aesthetic of surrealism, André Breton (1896-1966) was wont to quote a line from the poetry of the man who styled himself Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870). The line in question averted to the beauty of ‘the chance meeting on a dissecting-table of a sewing-machine and an umbrella.’ In one of […]

Occupy Wall Street

Something that has come up twice so far in my Geographies of Globalisation class this semester is the Occupy Wall Street movement. This is a very interesting development because a big (but obviously not the only!) part of trying to think geographically entails identifying objects that don’t seem to fit into a particular location – […]