Covid-based stigma and racism in naming strains

By John Christy Johnson, Peter Anto Johnson, Austin Albert Mardon, Antarctic Institute of Canada & Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta Covid-based stigma and discrimination have been seen worldwide since the start of the pandemic. Racialized groups are at a particularly vulnerable position, as the names and language we associate with coronavirus and its strains can inadvertently propagate racism, xenophobia,...

From the courtroom to the boardroom: Reflections on the ‘new’ climate activism

By Mathieu Blondeel & Michael Bradshaw, Warwick Business School The global oil and gas industry has been gradually recovering from the Covid-19-induced devastation, but in late May it was rocked again by a series of landmark events. In May, the Hague District Court in the Netherlands ordered Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world’s largest oil majors, to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 45 per cent in 2030 (by 2019 levels). It...

‘Bus Back Better’ – Transport geographers are vital to its success

By John Austin, Managing Director of MobiHub This article has been republished with permission from the Transport Geography Research Group. You can read the original article here. The long-awaited National Bus Strategy for England was finally launched on March 15th, with the personal stamp of the Prime Minister: “I love buses” he writes in his Foreword. It’s visionary, with a statement that ‘Buses are at the centre of the...

COVID-19 and the countryside. Rural areas: distant from the pandemic?

By Andrew S Maclaren and Lorna J Philip, University of Aberdeen The geographical story of COVID-19’s development has tended to focus on cities, where dense populations and high mobility rates within and across urban areas have created pathways for coronavirus to spread easily. In contrast rural places have been presented as ‘safe havens’ in a time of crisis. This is an oversimplification and deflects attention from the impacts of...

‘Left-Behind’ Places, Regional Inequalities and ‘Levelling Up’

By Danny MacKinnon, Newcastle University The term ‘left-behind’ places has emerged as a key leitmotif of international debates on regional inequalities since 2016. Left-behind acts as a shorthand label for places experiencing economic stagnation or decline, particularly post-industrial districts and rural areas marginalised by the concentration of skilled knowledge economy jobs in cities. This marginalisation has been compounded by...

Inside Out – Re-examining Positionality in Research with LGBTQI+ Refugees

By: Tyler Valiquette, University of Brasilia, Yvonne Su, York University, and Emilio Felix, Independent Researcher This post is part of our Pride in the Field Series, organised in collaboration with the Pride in the Field project at the University of Leeds. More information and further reading about that project can be found here. Brazil is considered a leader in Latin America for both refugee and LGBTQI+ rights. Yet it is also...