A Royal Geographical Society expedition (along with the Institute of British Geographers) will be documenting the origins and development of both political and geographical ‘No Man’s Lands’. An investigation into the effects of such areas will be the main focus of the 6 week research study. The results of the study will be used to produce educational papers for use by UK GCSE Geography students.
The collaboration of organizations assisting the research venture include:
- The Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) – Providing funding.
- The Thesiger-Oman Fellowship – Providing funding
- Land Rover – Loaning the project a Discovery Sport
Dr Noam Leshem of Durham University and Dr Alasdair Pinkerton of Royal Holloway University, London will lead the No Man’s Land expedition team. The venture departs from the Devonshire hamlet of Nomansland on 12th September 2015 and will travel through 19 countries to a territory on the Egypt-Sudan border called Bir Tawil. Bir Tawil has been described as ‘the last truly unclaimed place on Earth’.
The Discovery Support support vehicle will enable the research team to negotiate the challenging route. It will be used to carry team and all of their equipment over thousands of miles of difficult and, in parts, extremely inhospitable terrain.
Dr Alasdair Pinkerton stated …
“This is an extraordinarily ambitious project that goes way beyond standard academic research – 6000 miles, 19 countries, a demilitarised Buffer Zone and the world’s last truly unclaimed territory, all in little under six weeks. The support and expeditionary expertise of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has been absolutely crucial in the formulation of the expedition, while the training and the Discovery Sport provided by Land Rover will allow us to negotiate some of the most challenging environments and terrains anywhere in Europe and North Africa.”
Jaguar Land Rover Global Experiential Marketing Director, Mr Mark Cameron said …
“Land Rover is proud to be supporting this ambitious expedition. Our long-standing relationship with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) stems from our shared desire to explore and go beyond; this project exemplifies this aspiration, by travelling to some of the most inaccessible areas across Europe and the Middle-East.”
Sidesteps UK wish the expedition all the very best of luck in this exciting adventure!
With thanks to the Land Rover Newsroom for the use of the Land Rover Discovery Sport photo.
For further details of the expedition got to Into No-Man’s Land
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