Cambridge academic recognised "for conspicuous merit in human geography".

Professor Susan Smith, Mistress of Girton College, has been recognised for her outstanding work in human geography.

She was among several figures to receive awards from the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) earlier this month (June 2014).

The Honorary Professor of Social and Economic Geography received the Victoria Medal “for conspicuous merit in human geography”.

In her acceptance speech at the ceremony, held at the Society's AGM in London, Professor Smith said: "It is a pleasure and a privilege to accept the Victoria Medal, which this year is awarded for conspicuous merit in research in human geography.  I am honoured to embrace that mantle, having found inspiration throughout my career in human geography’s attention to space, scale and interdisciplinarity. 

"In this context, if there is a substantive thread that runs through my work, it has to do with the affront of inequality."

Speaking afterwards she added: "I would stress how energising it has been to be associated with the University of Cambridge's world-leading Department of Geography and how much the Collegiate structure has done to inspire the art of interdisciplinarity."

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