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Judging takes place over a three-month period from July to October.Since 2001, the main judging panel makes an initial shortlist of dissertations.An international judge then joins the panel to discuss the final selection and establish the dissertation medallist.Professor Edward W Soja (UCLA) was the first international judge in 2001 and Professor Christine Boyer (Princeton University) joined the panel in 2002.This year the international dissertation judge is Kim Dovey (University of Melbourne).

Submissions are expected to demonstrate a comprehensive, rigorous and coherent treatment of their chosen subject, demonstrating original analysis in terms of information uncovered and/or the exercise of independent critical reasoning.Whatever the methodology and presentation format adopted, they should be appropriate to the subject being explored, and should positively contribute to its analysis and communication.

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