Professional Geographer Award

AAG EESG Guidelines for Professional Geographer Award

At the 2015 EESG business meeting, we voted to modify the Professional Geographer Award selection process. The award will be given based on a review of published papers in peer reviewed journals, which will be nominated for consideration by the EESG community. The winner will give the EESG plenary at the AAG for that academic year and will serve as a judge for the award for at least the next year. This document outlines eligibility, selection criteria and a timeline for the award.

Candidate Eligibility:

  • Candidate must have completed graduate school (i.e. currently holds a Master’s or PhD degree)

  • Candidate must be the primary author of the paper

  • Candidate must attend the AAG and give the plenary talk

  • Candidate must be willing to serve as a judge for the Professional Geographer Award for at least the next year

Paper Eligibility:

  • Papers will be nominated by the EESG membership

  • Self-nominations are accepted

  • Paper must have been published in a peer-reviewed academic journal within the last three years

  • All treatments (theoretical, conceptual, methodological) of energy geography topics will be considered

Review Criteria:

  • Papers will be evaluated using a 1-4 scale (1: poor, 4: outstanding) for the following criteria:

    • Originality

    • Significance of the topic

    • Contribution to energy geography literature

    • Theoretical engagement

    • Potential impact beyond academia


  • Nomination deadline: February 19th, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

  • Winner announcement at the EESG Business Meeting


  • Winner will receive $300 (the current award amount for the Professional Geographer award)

Nomination Process:

  • Submit your nomination by filling out the below form or following this link

Current Winner:

2022: Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex Business School: "Dispossessed by decarbonization: Reducing vulnerability, injustice, and inequality in the lived experience of low-carbon pathways." (2021) World Development 137: 105116

Past Winners:

2021: No contest

2020: Michael Simpson, University of St. Andrews: “The Annihilation of Time by Space: Pluri-Temporal Strategies of Capitalist Circulation.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 2, no. 1 (March 2019): 110–28.

2019: Julia Haggerty, University of Montana, and Adrianne Kropesch, Colorado School of Mines: “Geographies of Impact and the Impacts of Geography: Unconventional Oil and Gas in the American West.” The Extractive Industries and Society 5 (4): 619–33.

2018: No Applicants

2017: Mónica Salas Landa, Cornell Unviersity, "Crude residues: The workings of failing oil infrastructures in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico." Environment and Planning A 48 (4): 718-735.