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5-Dec-2013

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Contact: Claire O'Callaghan
c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk
Queen's University Belfast

Queen's Professor appointed to world's largest scientific society

A Queen's University Professor has been elected as a fellow of the world's largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Professor John Agnew, from the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen's, and who is also Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, received the honour for his research on the analysis and understanding of political, economic, and resource geography and the development of the field of geopolitics.

Members are chosen for their distinguished efforts to advance science and serve society. The selection of fellows has been an AAAS tradition since 1874.

Professor Agnew's research interests include sovereignty and globalization, the geopolitics of the world economy and the political geography of water. One of his current research projects involves analysing how climate change will increase the accessibility of transport in the Arctic and how this will affect competition over oil and gas resources.

Speaking about receiving the honour, Professor Agnew, said: "I am absolutely delighted to be elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It is a real honour that my research and work is recognised in this way."

Professor Keith Bennett, Head of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen's, said: "I congratulate Professor Agnew on his appointment to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The appointment to such a prestigious society recognises the high calibre of Professor Agnew's research, and is a well-deserved honour. The School is delighted to see this acknowledgement of the quality of our overall approach to research activity."

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Professor Agnew is among 388 scholars selected this year. The new fellows will be honoured at the annual AAAS meeting in Chicago on 15 February 2014.

For further information on the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen's visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/gap/

Media inquiries to Claire O'Callaghan, Queen's University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email: c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk

Notes to Editors:

Professor John Agnew is available for interview. Interview bids to Claire O'Callaghan Queen's University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email: c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk



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