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CIG 2021 Keynote Speakers


Rónadh Cox

Edward Brust Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, Williams College Massachusetts


Rónadh Cox is the Edward Brust Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Williams College in Massachusetts, and also holds a Visiting Professorship at University College Dublin.  She got her B.Sc. in Geology at UCD and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.  After a post-doc at Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa,, and a visiting appointment at the University of Illinois, she started work at Williams, where she has been for 25 years.  Rónadh's research focus is understanding sedimentologic and geomorphic processes at high-energy coastlines, with particular emphasis on creation and transport of megagravel.

You can watch Rónadh's CIG 2021 keynote here.


Jen Jack Gieseking

Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky


Jen Jack Gieseking is an urban cultural geographer, feminist and queer theorist, and environmental psychologist. He is engaged in research on co-productions of space and identity in digital and material environments, with special attention to how such productions support or inhibit social, spatial, and economic justice in regard to gender and sexuality. Jack is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky. Jack's second book project, A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, was released by NYU Press last year. He has also created a series of queer history data visualizations as a project of visualizing the invisible: An Everyday Queer New York website. They are also conducting research on trans people’s use of Tumblr as a site of cultural production, and a hub for co-produced health knowledge. Jack has held fellowships including with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as German Chancellor Fellow; The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; and The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. Jack is a member of the ACME collective, and they also serve as a board member of the Rainbow Heritage Network. Jack identifies as a woman, and use he/him/his and they/them/theirs pronouns.

You can watch Jack's CIG 2021 keynote here.


Iris Möller

Professor of Geography (1966), Trinity College Dublin

Professor of Geography (1966), Trinity College Dublin


Prof Iris Möller joined the Department of Geography in Trinity College Dublin as Professor of

Geography in October 2019 and took on the Head of Department role there in January 2020. She is internationally recognised for her work on the buffering function of shallow coastal environments with a strongly applied focus on improving coastal flood and erosion risk management, particularly in the context of accelerated sea level rise and climate change.

After completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Iris spent a short spell outside of academia, working at HR Wallingford Ltd. She joined the University of Cambridge’s Coastal Research Unit as a Research Associate and Deputy Director in 1997. She took up a full-time College Lectureship in Physical Geography at Fitzwilliam College in 2000, and from 2014 to 2019, she held a University Lectureship in Physical Geography (Coastal Processes) at the Department of Geography at Cambridge, leading a number of national and international research consortia on the science to underpin nature-based coastal protection, coastal wetland management, and coastal climate change adaptation.

You can watch Iris' CIG 2021 keynote here.


Tom Slater

Professor of Urban Geography, University of Edinburgh


Tom Slater is Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Edinburgh.  He has research interests in the institutional arrangements producing and reinforcing urban inequalities, and in the ways in which marginalised urban dwellers organise against injustices visited upon them.  He is the author of numerous articles and books on gentrification, displacement from urban space, territorial stigmatisation, critical urban theory, and urban social movements.  His work has been translated into 9 different languages and circulates widely to inform struggles for housing justice.  His new book Shaking Up The City: Ignorance, Inequality and the Urban Question will be published by the University of California Press in September 2021.

You can watch Tom's CIG 2021 keynote here.

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