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SAGE announces the winner of prestigious Rob Potter Prize 2016!

December 5, 2016

The leading independent academic publisher, SAGE, announces this year’s winner of “Rob Potter—Best Article Award”. The award was instituted in 2014 in the memory of Professor Rob Potter for the most noteworthy article featured in Progress in Development Studies.

Prof Rob Potter, a distinguished academic expert on urban geography and the geographies of development was, the founding Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Development Studies, a flagship journal of SAGE. His contributions in the field are unparalleled to any.

Progress in Development Studies serves as a forum to discuss development issues, ranging from poverty alleviation and international aid; the international debt crisis; economic development and industrialization to political governance and civil society; gender relations and the rights of the child. It takes the view that development should be defined as change, whether positive or negative. Truly international in scope, the journal provides up-to-the-minute overviews of the current knowledge in the field.

Since the time this award was instituted, it has become very popular within academia and this is clearly prevalent from the number of submissions received every year for this award.

The winning article Social enterprise development and renewable energy dissemination in Africa: The experience of the community charging station model in Sierra Leone by Paul Munro, Greg van der Horst, Simon Willans, Preston Kemeny, Ame Christiansen and Nicole Schiavone has been awarded a cash prize of $200 and was published in the January 2016 issue (Volume 16, Issue 1), Other nominated articles have been included in various 2016 issues of the journal (Volume 16). The selection process for the best article is at the sole discretion of the journal editorial board.

Extending his heartfelt congratulations to the editors of the articles for bagging this year’s award, Mr Vivek Mehra, MD & CEO, SAGE Publications India said, “We anticipate nurturing research in the field of Development Studies & Sustainable Development through such edifying and high-quality papers from scholars around the world".


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