Wellington, Sept 30 NZPA
Two Waikato University feminist geographers have had their work acknowledged by the New Zealand Geographical Society.
Professor Robyn Longhurst has been awarded the society’s most prestigious award, the Distinguished Geography Gold Medal, for outstanding and sustained contribution and service to geography, while her colleague, Associate Professor Lynda Johnston, has received a Distinguished Service Award for her significant contribution to New Zealand geography and its community over the past five years.
They both obtained their doctorates at Waikato and have gone on to become well known internationally.
“They are significant feminist New Zealand geographers who’ve made enormous contributions in their area of research,” Geographical Society executive manager June Logie said.
Ms Longhurst and Ms Johnston research and write about people and places, and the importance and influence of gender in people’s lives.
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