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Richard Munton made Honorary Fellow of UCL

Recognition of his contribution to UCL and to Geography

Richard Munton made Honorary Fellow of UCL

On 17 June Professor Richard Munton was made an Honorary Fellow of UCL in recognition and in honour of his service to the College and to Geography in the UK. After gaining his PhD from the University of Birmingham, he has spent his entire career at UCL, twice serving as head of department before becoming emeritus professor in 2006. He was director of the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Rural Studies Research Centre during the 1980s and of the UCL Environment Institute for three years before retirement. Richard has been a member of College Council and served on successive national RAE panels, being the chair of the Geography panel in 2001.

His extensive research in land-use planning, agricultural change and environmental governance was reflected in his appointment to various policy-related positions, including as advisor to the Northfield Committee of Inquiry into the Occupancy and Acquisition of Agricultural Land; the House of Lords Special Select Committee on Sustainable Development; to English Nature on socio-economic affairs, and the Countryside Commission on its Community Forestry initiative.

Within Geography, Richard was Vice -President of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and Chair of its Annual Conference in 1999. He was elected to the UK Academy of Social Science in 2000, serving on its Council and then as Vice-Chairman for England. He chaired the Natural Environment Research Council's Land Use Research Committee and the ESRC's Nation's Diet Programme through the 1990s, and more recently chaired the advisory committee for DEFRA's Sustainable Development Network. Richard has more than a hundred academic publications, including five books.


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