Winner of the DGRG Dissertation Prize 2023: Lucas Evans 

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our 2023 Dissertation Prize is Lucas Evans from the University of Oxford. 

His dissertation, ‘Forest: exploring the possibilities of digital technologies for enhancing forest restoration’, examined the Forest app, a popular productivity app which enables users to support forest restoration. Lucas’ research considered the ways that users engage with the app on an everyday basis, and how the platform’s design, economic model and use influences the politics of forest restoration. 

While Lucas’ dissertation scored highly in all our assessment criteria, reviewers particularly praised the work for the incisiveness of its critical analysis and its engagement with, and contribution to, digital geographies scholarship. 

Lucas will have an opportunity to share more about his work via our channels over the coming months. Stayed tuned for this and for news of our 2024 Dissertation Prize offering, which will include an additional 2023 prize for any prospective entries that have been affected by the UCU marking boycott.