Robbie Curtis Memorial Prize (human geography)

In 2019, Robbie achieved a first class honours degree in human geography from the University of Nottingham and his dissertation Urban Immersion in Edinburgh and Copenhagen: Re-imagining the Tourist’s ‘Sense of Place’ was also awarded a distinction. Robbie’s dissertation.

To commemorate Robbie’s contribution to geography, in 2020 the Robbie Curtis memorial prize for the best dissertation in human geography was created. This year (2021) we have our first prize recipient Jane Astbury who is a very worthy winner having been awarded a mark of 87% for her dissertation. Here is a message from Jane :

My name is Jane Astbury, a Geography graduate from the University of Nottingham and I am honoured to have received the Robbie Curtis Memorial Prize this year in Robbie’s memory. My dissertation, which explored a different theoretical perspective for looking at meat-eating, was inspired by my personal emotional investment in the topic as a vegan and an advocate for people making a conscious effort to reduce their meat consumption for the benefit of our environment. Having received my degree from Nottingham, I have gone on to study a Masters in Health Humanities at University College London, with the hopes of  being able to put my interests in population and environmental health to use in the future with a career in the public health policy sphere. Receiving the dissertation award was an incredibly meaningful way to conclude my time at Nottingham and undoubtedly boosted my confidence in continuing my academic career.

Here’s Jane’s dissertation.