Learning to live with difference: towards future social relations

One of the world’s leading Social Geographers, Professor Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield, will deliver a lecture at the fourth in the Seamus Heaney Lecture Series at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, on Monday, 29th April, 2013, at 7pm.

Professor Gill Valentine has provided international leadership on the major social, political and environmental challenges associated with global change. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Social and Cultural Geography, she co-edited Gender, Place and Culture and co-wrote the book Children’s Geographies.

In 1986, Professor Valentine graduated with a First class Honours degree in Geography from the University of Durham, and in 1989 she completed a PhD at the University of Reading. Following the completion of her Doctorate, Prof. Valentine pursued a career as a journalist and worked for the BBC.  In 1992, Prof Valentine was appointed to a lecturership in Manchester, while in 1994, she was appointed at the University of Sheffield scaling the heights of academia and being appointed a Professor in 1999, and later becoming the Head of Geography at the University of Leeds.

Professor Valentine has held prestigious international visiting fellowships at the Universities of Sydney, Australia and Otago, New Zealand and has visited and given keynote addresses at a range of prestigious international conferences.  She has undertaken international research in Europe, Africa and the USA.  She has won numerous awards including the Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding scholarship and the RGS/IBG Gill Memorial Award for contributions to geography and gender.

More recently in September 2012, Professor Valentine was appointed to the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield, an executive leadership role not only in the management of the university but in directing the continued development of the social sciences locally and globally to meet the needs of people.


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