Creating an app that helps vulnerable banking customers

Tijn Croon, a student in the Department of Geography, writes about his experience of being in the team that created the winning app idea in the 2018 Bank of England Technology Competition.

I’m a Sustainable Cities MSc student at King’s. In October last year, I asked fellow King’s student Rahma Hussein (BA History) and two fellow Dutchies – Lisa van den Boogaard (MSc Political Economy, University of Amsterdam) and Jurriaan Parie (MSc Data Science, LSE) – to team up and participate in the annual Bank of England Technology Competition. I believed this diverse group of people could help take my idea to the next level.

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Geography Society host their first International Women’s Day careers event in The Exchange

By Iraj Abdul Aziz, President of the GeogSoc

The Geography Society was proud to host its first-ever International Women’s Day careers event in The Exchange, Bush House. The event featured two reputable alumni from the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP), who kickstarted a conversation around the gender-related hurdles in the working environment and how women can overcome them.

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The Department of Geography’s PhD small grant for fieldwork in Thailand

By Felicia H M Liu

The Department of Geography’s PhD small grants supported two trips at the early scoping stages of my fieldwork to Bangkok, Thailand.

I attended the 18th Meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) from 10-12 September, taking place right after a preparatory meeting for COP24 taking place later in the year in Katowice. I represented The Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organisations (RINGO) and attended as an observer. The build up to the meeting was exciting as I was reading about the progress and sticking points in the meeting from 4-9 September in Bangkok as I prepared for the SCF meeting. At the same time, as I have not been following in great detail the UNFCCC process, I also realised the learning curve to all the processes and technicalities would be steep. As I arrived at Bangkok, I was both excited and nervous.

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Academic Carbon Footprints

by Mary Langsdale

As part of our annual criteria, each member of the Sustainability Champions for the Department of Geography was asked by King’s Sustainability team to calculate our carbon footprint. I’m someone who cycles daily, doesn’t own a car, tries to eat a meat-free diet and lives in a shared house with electricity provided by a renewable energy provider. I have to admit, I was expecting my carbon footprint to be fairly small (and even to feel a bit smug). However, when I calculated it using the WWF carbon footprint calculator, I was shocked to discover that I was using 216% of my share (with 100% the average for each UK citizen to meet the UK’s 2020 emissions reduction targets). Of my share, 86% was from travel contributions, as shown in Figure 1. Continue reading