Clark University Geography Professor Richard (Dick) Peet will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) at the association’s Annual Meeting in April. The AAG will honor Peet “for his extraordinary career as a scholar, teacher, mentor, editor and activist.”
“AAG honors are among the most prestigious awards in American geography. We’re delighted to celebrate this very significant, highly deserved award with our colleague,” said Deborah Martin, professor and director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark.
Peet has served as a faculty member in Clark’s Graduate School of Geography for more than half a century. He has been deeply involved in Clark’s International Studies Stream Program, and served twice as the acting director. He has held the Leo L. ’36 and Joan Kraft Laskoff Endowed Chair in Economics, Technology and Environment since 2011; the chair supports a professor and program concerned directly with economic change, technological innovation and environment sustainability. He has also held visiting appointments in Canada, Australia, Sweden, England, South Africa and New Zealand.
Peet’s earliest work was in economic geography, then he moved into the political economy of development and branched out into globalization and neo-liberalism. He is founding member of the “radical geography movement,” and served as co-founder and editor of two journals in the field, Antipode and Human Geography, the former of which the AAG has labeled “one of the most innovative and cutting-edge frontiers of geography.”
The author of nearly a dozen books and some 135 articles and book reviews, Peet focuses on issues of development, global policy regimes, power, theory and philosophy, political ecology, and finance capitalism. His 2003 book “Unholy Trinity: The IMF, World Bank and WTO” — a collaborative effort with 17 of his students — is especially critical of the increasing influence of institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and World Trade Organization (WTO) on the economy, and the consequences experienced by people and the environment.
Other scholars with ties to Clark’s Graduate School of Geography who will be recognized at the AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans in April include:
The American Association of Geographers is global network of leading researchers, educators and practitioners in geography. Since 1951, the AAG has recognized outstanding accomplishments by members in research and scholarship, teaching, education, service to the geography discipline, public service outside academe and for lifetime achievement.
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