Every year the AAG designates an individual as that year's AAG Honorary Geographer as a way of recognizing excellence in research, teaching, or writing on geographic topics by non-geographers. For 2018, the Executive Committee recognizes Dr. Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of urban planning and environmental policy at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University.
Dr. Bullard was selected for this honor due to the important foundational role that he has played in the study of environmental and transportation justice, as well as the skills he has shown in translating those ideas to policy makers and wider public groups. This work has been invaluable to scholars in geography, who increasingly address issues of inequality, spatial justice, and environmental racism. Dr. Bullard's ability to mix advocacy with strong basic research is a model for many of us in geography.
Dr. Bullard will join us at the 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Please mark your calendars to attend his plenary talk, “The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Race and Place Still Matter,” on Thursday, April 12, 3:20 - 5:00 pm.
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