Author: Sarah Wrathmell
Type: Undergraduate dissertation
Availability: free of charge (pdf file, download).
Full reference: Wrathmell, S. (2003) The connectivitea of Britain and Sri Lanka. Undergraduate Geography dissertation, University of Birmingham.
Page reference: Wrathmell, S. (2003) The connectivitea of Britain and Sri Lanka. followthethings.com (www.followthethings.com/connectivitea.shtml last accessed <insert date here>)
… highly original and ambitious … wonderful, evocative, detailed and imaginative … a great combination of social scientific rigour and creative writing … exemplary ethnographic stuff! (Internal examiner comments, University of Birmingham).
… probably a unique undergraduate study requiring as it does multi-site investigations that call for a high degree of commitment, energy and initiative … There is certainly lots to like in this study – it is attractively and engaging presented, it brings to life the various stages the commodity passes through, it is well bedded in the literature and so on (Internal examiner comments, University of Birmingham).
There were 10 entries to the prize in 2003, many of which were classified as ‘outstanding’, but the panel was unanimous in selecting Sarah’s dissertation as the best. The dissertation was highly innovative and demonstrated a highly sophisticated approach to the theoretical questions covered and the methodology. This dissertation was beautifully presented and Sarah was commended for her highly mature approach to all aspects of the dissertation process (Assessor comments, for Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Developing Areas Research Group undergraduate dissertation prize, won in 2003).
Compiled and posted by Ian Cook (last updated January 2011). Dissertation downloadable with permission of author.