Geographer, Joe Cappai (Al. 2002-17), has won the Digital Geographies Research Group prize for his undergraduate dissertation, entitled "Tapping into Tech: The Influence of Social Media on Dancers and the Spaces They Use to Dance in London".
Joe's dissertation, which was commended by the judges for its innovative approach and subject matter, examined the influence of social media on dancers and the spaces they used to dance in London, and highlighted the ways social media constructs virtual spaces of dance in the city.
Responding to the news of his win Joe Cappai said, “My dissertation allowed me to bridge my two passions, dance, and technology. I would like to thank all the dancers who took part in this research, despite what has been a very challenging time for the industry; my supervisor Dr. Caroline Bressey, for her invaluable insights; and my friends and family, especially my parents, for their support throughout my university journey. I also extend my gratitude to the DGRG for this incredible recognition of a dyslexic, first-generation university graduate from an immigrant family! The digital is changing the way we think and write about geography, and I am incredibly proud to have made a very small contribution to this exciting and emerging field”.
The Digital Geographies Research Group (DGRG) undergraduate dissertation prize recognises outstanding work in any area of digital geography. DGRG accepts entries from all European undergraduate degree programmes based upon original research that demonstrate a high degree of critical analysis and/or innovative and sophisticated methodologies.