Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

We run an annual dissertation prize open to any undergraduate dissertation that displays an aptitude for quantitative methods within Human and Physical Geography, including other disciplines where work engages with geographical problems and phenomena from a quantitative perspective. Check out our Twitter or blog for latest calls (occurring roughly summer time each year).

Here is a list of past winners of the prize.


Joint winner: Melissa McAlpine, University of Edinburgh - “Detecting the Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Mangrove Damage and Recovery from Satellite Imagery Following Hurricane Irma in Cuba”.


Joint winner: Hollie Parry, University College London - “Projections of thermally induced coral bleaching across Caribbean reefs, using a marine heatwave algorithm”.



Joint winner: Brittany Pugh, University of Nottingham - “Partitioning taxonomic and functional beta-diversity into their relative turnover and nestedness components between disturbed engineered and undisturbed towpath plant communities on the Basingstoke Canal, UK”.


Joint winner: Jay Chang, University College London - “A detailed assessment of the current and future spatial distribution of Loxodonta cyclotis in Central Africa: An application of ensemble species distribution model.”



Winner: Christiane Spring, University of Bristol - “The Polluted Brain: Logistic regression analysis of the association between atmospheric pollution and Alzheimer’s disease in the South West of England”.


Runner up: Philip Cowing, University of York - “Comparing the effects of turbine arrays and climate change on future marine species distributions”.


Winner: David Verry, University of Bristol - “The influence of hostile destination attitudes on migration in Europe: a gravity model analysis”.



Winner: Simon Herd, University of Manchester – “Reef island stability under rising sea levels? Assessing the eco-morphodynamics of a lagoonal platform island in the South Maldives”.


Winner: Laurence Day, University of St Andrews – “The relationship between forest cover and malaria incidence in Bangladesh: A spatio-statistical analysis”.


Human Geography Winner: Emily Ellis, University of St Andrews – ‘A Geographically Weighted Regression of Domestic Heat Demand in Glasgow’

Physical Geography Winner: James Kirkham, Durham University – “Magnitude-frequency relations of iceberg disintegration in Vaigat, West Greenland”


Human Geography Winner: Chris Moore, University of Bristol – “The Economic Impact of the Naxalite Insurgency on Indian States, 1982-2007: Evidence from a Synthetic Control Approach”

Physical Geography Winner: Fergus McClean, University of Dundee – “A New Approach to Index Flood Estimation for Ungauged Catchments”


Winner: Gareth Griffith, University of Bristol – “Behind the aggregate curtain: developing an advanced modelling approach to investigating health segregation”

Runner up: James Brennan, University College London – “Validation of a spectrally invariant model of canopy radiative transfer with MODIS data and its application to canopy dynamics in Amazon Forests”

Runner up: Benno Simmons, Oxford University – “Geodiversity and biodiversity: evaluating the predictive power and surrogacy performance of abiotic heterogeneity in the United Kingdom”


Winner: Tadas Nikonovas, Swansea University – “Dynamics of night time emissions in Europe”


Winner: Laura Steele, University of Bristol – “A Multilevel Modelling Approach to Ethnic Residential Segregation in Urban England, 1991-2001″

Runners up: Tim Foster and Robin Wilson’s entries, from University College London and the University of Southampton respectively.