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Geography graduate wins RGS-IBG dissertation prize


QMUL Geography graduate Zainab Ravat has won first place in this year's Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Social and Cultural Geography Research Group Dissertation Prize for her dissertation entitled 'Photojournalism: Explorations into the Geographical Witness, Activist and Traveller'.

Zainab Ravat, Geography BA 2018
Zainab Ravat, Geography BA 2018

With entries from universities across the UK, this is a stellar achievement! Panellists commented that the dissertation was a fascinating and enjoyable read. Engaging and written with journalistic flair, they thought that its focus on photographers' personal experiences, motivations, and senses of self, gave a sophisticated and nuanced approach to the geographies of photojournalism as a practice. They also praised the very rich empirical material produced in the research, and the sensitivity with which material was dealt with. 

Zainab graduated with a first class degree earlier in the summer, and was also recipient of the Drapers’ Company Prize for academic excellence, as well as the Michael Alexander Jones Memorial Award for the best overall performance in the third year. She is currently getting ready to start her MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

Many congratulations to Zainab and to her supervisor Professor Catherine Nash!

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