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Southampton Geography Highlighted in RGS Parliamentary Briefing

Published: 19 February 2010

The work of Southampton geographers figured prominently in a parliamentary briefing provided by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) on 9th February.

The briefing arose in connection with a question posed by Lord Judd (Labour): “To ask HMG what discussions they have had with universities about the safeguarding of social science and humanities research in the Future of Higher Education Framework; and what reassurances have been given”.

Two the five examples of policy related geographical research cited by the RGS in the briefing were from the School of Geography at Southampton. The first reference was to the work of David Martin advising UK census agencies, as part of the UK Census Design and Methodology Committee, in order to achieve the best possible results from the census set to take place in 2001. The second mention of Southampton geographers concerned the work of Peter Sunley and Steven Pinch on research within the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), part-funded through the Government Office of the Third Sector, to help find ways to reduce financial barriers to social enterprise.

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