The Commission on Gender and Geography of the International Geographical Union (IGU) honors Maria Dolors Garcia Ramon, Professor Catedrática at the Autonomous University of Barcelona on her forthcoming retirement.

Maria Dolors Garcia RamonAs a pioneering feminist geographer, and founding secretary of this IGU Commission, she was instrumental in its creation in 1988. Maria Dolors has consistently worked to widen perspectives and international participation in feminist geography, epitomized by the 2006 conference in Barcelona “Feminist Geographies Around the World.” She brought together perspectives of feminist geographers from Latin America, south and southeastern Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and western, central and southern Europe along with those from the United Kingdom and United Sates through the publication of a special issue of the journal Belgeo in 2007.

In her department, Maria Dolors fostered an active gender group, mentoring others through their graduate degrees onto faculty appointments. Together they have conducted collaborative research in rural and urban settings, with women, children and youth. Maria Dolors has hosted numerous feminist geographers from abroad. In addition to her collaborative work with colleagues she has researched and written on the representation of women geographers in Spain, on women travelers, and post-colonial studies in North Africa through international collaborations.

Professor Garcia Ramon’s accomplishments have been recognized by awards from the Autonomous University, of Barcelona, the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, the international journal Geocritica, and the Association of American Geographers. as well  by membership in Acadèmie Europa

We all honor her for the work she has done and for who she is. Maria Dolors, we wish you well !