Professor Brenda Yeoh from the Department of Geography at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been awarded the international Vautrin Lud Prize 2021 in Geography. Modelled after the Nobel Prize and widely regarded as one of the highest honours in geography, it is awarded to geographers for outstanding achievements in the field.
Prof Brenda is the first Singaporean to receive this accolade since the Vautrin Lud Prize was established in 1991.
“I am honoured and humbled that my research has received a nod from peers for whom I have the utmost respect and admiration. I thank the University for giving me support, encouragement and the opportunity to work on the salient issues related to transnational migration that is affecting our society and I look forward to advancing research in this field,” said Prof Yeoh, Raffles Professor of Social Sciences and Director for Humanities and Social Science Research at the NUS Office of the Deputy President (Research & Technology).
Established in 1991, the prestigious award is given annually to a single laureate by a five-member international jury at the International Geography Festival in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France. The first Singaporean to receive this accolade, Prof Yeoh was presented the prize at the Festival’s 32nd edition which took place from 1 to 3 October 2021.
The award sees her joining the who’s who in the geography pantheon which includes David Harvey, Marxist economic geographer and Distinguished Professor of anthropology and geography from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Prof Doreen Massey – a British social scientist and geographer renowned for her work on space, place and power.
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