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Public lecture honours Cardiff professor's pioneering research

30 September 2010

One of the UK’s most prominent human geographers is delivering a public lecture at Cardiff University in honour of a pioneer in the fields of geography and planning.

Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environment and Public Policy at the University of Oxford will give the inaugural Jon Murdoch Memorial lecture entitled ‘More-than-human geographies: reflections on practice’, at Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning on Tuesday 5 October.

As part of the School’s Innovation and Engagement Public Lecture series, the lecture will celebrate the legacy of Professor Jon Murdoch’s work in developing approaches to social scientific research. It will focus on some of the key developments in research on food networks, urban ecologies and knowledge controversies. Professor Whatmore will draw on recent personal research and publications to reflect the state of what she terms ‘more-than-human geographies’.

Jon Murdoch was a member of staff in the School of City and Regional Planning between 1995 and 2005, and from 2001 was Professor of Environment Planning. He was a pioneer in what have become known as ‘post-humanist’ approaches in Geography and Planning.

Chair of the lecture, Professor Paul Milbourne from the Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning said: "Jon was a wonderful colleague who provided research leadership within the School and made significant academic contributions to rural studies and post-human approaches to geography, sociology and planning. In honour of these contributions the School has established this annual memorial lecture in his name.

As well as being one of the most prominent human geographers of her generation, Professor Whatmore was also one of Jon's close friends. Sarah Whatmore has been a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society for nearly 20 years and is an elected member of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

The public lecture will take place on Tuesday 5 October at 5.30pm in committee rooms 1 & 2 of the University’s Glamorgan Building on King Edward VII Avenue in Cardiff. The event is free and open to members of the public. Places can be booked by contacting Carl Smith via email at


For more information contact:
Catrin Palfrey
Public Relations
Cardiff University
T: 02920 870 293

Carl Smith
Cardiff School of City & Regional Planning
Cardiff University
T: 02920 874882

Notes to Editors

1. Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning is the largest and most active planning school in the UK and has an outstanding record of academic achievement. Its teaching has been rated as ‘excellent’ and the latest government assessment of research in British universities has reinforced its status as the premier academic School of its type in Britain.
The School plays a leading international role in its fields of expertise and its research has an agenda-setting influence in key debates on the development, management and sustainability of cities and regions.
The School’s research is structured around five large research groups and is leading developments in environment; housing; spatial analysis; spatial planning and city environments; and urban and regional governance.

2. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.