CIG 2020 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.  She got her B.Sc. in Geology at University College Dublin, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.  After a post-doc at Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa (now the University of Johannesburg), and a visiting appointment at University of Illinois, she started work at Williams, where she has been for 24 years.  Rónadh's research focus is understanding processes at high-energy coastlines, with particular emphasis on creation and transport of megagravel.

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, is out with NYU Press in October 2020. 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.

Iris Möller

Professor of Geography (1966), Trinity College Dublin


Dr Iris Möller holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Cambridge. After a short spell of working at HR Wallingford Ltd, she joined the University of Cambridge’s Coastal Research Unit as a Research Associate and Deputy Director. A Full-Time College Lectureship in Physical Geography at Fitzwilliam College followed, and from 2014 to 2019, she has held a University Lectureship in Physical Geography (Coastal Processes) at the Department of Geography. In October 2019, she joined Trinity College Dublin’s Department of Geography as Professor of Geography and took over as Head of Department 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.