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.

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. 

Tom Slater

Reader of Urban Geography, University of Edinburgh


Tom Slater is Reader in 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 has written extensively on gentrification (notably the co-authored books, Gentrification, 2008 and The Gentrification Reader, 2010), displacement from urban space, urban marginality (e.g. Producing and Contesting Urban Marginality, 2019), territorial stigmatisation (e.g. The Sociology of Stigma, 2018), welfare reform, and 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: Reframing Urban Inequalities will be published by the University of California Press in 2021.