The Association of American Geographers (AAG), the largest and most respected organisation of geographers in the world, has recognised two Maynooth University academics, conferring the AAG Media Achievement Award on Professor Rob Kitchin and naming Professor Gerry Kearns as its Distinguished Historical Geographer for 2015.
Professor Rob Kitchin is awarded the AAG Media Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional work both on media and in media, with the Association noting that rarely has a geographer engaged with media on so many levels.
Professor Gerry Kearns’ achievements in the field of historical geography, society and spatial justice, were cited as “greatly enriching historical geography.”
In addition, Professor Kitchin’s research has been widely cited in a broad range of media, including the New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired magazine, The Guardian, the BBC, Irish Times, Reuters, and other media. Professor Kitchin has also served as a media commentator on radio, television, podcasts, and other media outlets.
President of Maynooth University, Professor Philip Nolan said that an award from the AAG is a significant tribute. “Professor Rob Kitchin and Professor Gerry Kearns are leading experts in geography and we are very proud of their achievements. The AAG Award is the most prestigious honour in the field and Maynooth University is proud to have the international community recognise such talent and expertise within our University.”
The AAG is a non-profit scientific and educational society founded in 1904 with members from more than 60 countries with a shared interest in the theory, methods, practice and advancement of geography.