Best Paper Award

American Geographical Society

Professor Christian Abizaid (School of the Environment and Department of Geography and Planning) received the 2018 Geographical Review (GR) Best Paper Award from the American Geographical Society (AGS) for his paper “Rural Social Networks along Amazonian Rivers: Seeds, Labor and Soccer among Communities on the Napo River, Peru.” Authors of the paper, Drs. Christian Abizaid, Oliver T. Coomes, Yoshito Takasaki, and J. Pablo Arroyo-Mora were selected for the prestigious award in Washington, D.C. on April 5th.

The journal is currently edited by Dr. David Kaplan, AGS Councilor and Professor of Geography at Kent State University. Dr. Kaplan noted, “We awarded the best paper prize for 2018 to ‘Rural Social Networks Along Amazonian Rivers’. The paper examines how the agricultural linkages between small villages in the Amazon are facilitated through soccer matches. This sort of innovative analysis, deep fieldwork, and interesting writing is what makes the Geographical Review such a wonderful showcase for geographical scholarship around the world.”

First published in 1915, Geographical Review is the successor to The Bulletin [and Journal] of the American Geographical Society which began publication in the 1850s. Geographical Review is recognized as one of the most prestigious geographic journals in the world and reports on authoritative and original research articles focused on geography and is well-known for special issues dedicated to specific geographical topics.

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