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CIG 2023 Keynote Speakers


Marilyn N. Raphael

Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

Professor, Department of Geography, UCLA


Dr. Marilyn Raphael is Professor of Geography at UCLA and served as Department Chair from 2010-2013. Her primary research focus is Southern Hemisphere (SH) atmospheric dynamics and climate change and her major scientific goals are to characterize the Antarctic sea ice variability and to define and understand the interaction between Antarctic sea ice and the large-scale Southern Hemisphere circulation, focusing on interaction at the seasonal, interannual and decadal time scales. Her work includes global climate modeling with an emphasis on improving the simulation of sea ice and the atmosphere in the Southern Hemisphere.

She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, current Chair of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research’s expert group, Antarctic Sea ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt) and Co-Chair of the World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI). She has served on the National Research Council’s Committees on Future Science Opportunities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations.

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Michael Woods

Professor, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University


Michael Woods is Professor of Human Geography at Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK, and Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD). His research has examined various aspects of rural change, including elaborating the concept of the ‘global countryside’ in the ERC GLOBAL-RURAL project, as well as extending to work on political geography, spatial justice and civil society, including through Horizon 2020 projects IMAJINE and ROBUST and the ESRC WISERD Civil Society Research Centre. He is author of books including Rural Geography (Sage) and Rural (Routledge) and is a former editor of the Journal of Rural Studies.

Professor Woods will deliver a keynote titled: Assembling Resilience in the Global Countryside.

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