Jim Rose Award

Alfred James (Jim) Rose (1927-2001) was a New Zealander who arrived in Australia in the 1950s to teach geography at the University of New England, before moving to Canberra and eventually becoming the foundation Professor of Geography at Macquarie University in 1966. His research focused on urban and economic geography. He was on the Council of the Geographical Society of New South Wales (1976-1979), was Vice-President (1979-83 and 1987-89) and was President of the Society from 1983 to 1986. Jim was also involved in the organization of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Conference in Sydney in 1988. Jim Rose is remembered for his pastoral care of staff and students, his “whole of geography” passion and his support for Honours students, and it is particularly with the latter in mind that the Society annually makes awards in his name for the best papers at the Annual Honours Conference. 

In 2015 the Honours Conference was expanded to include students who are completing a geography related Masters Degree and is now the Honours/Masters Conference.  

Awards are made in the categories of:

  • Best Paper at the Annual Conference
  • Highly Commended presentation on a physical geography topic
  • Highly Commended presentation on a human geography topic.