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Former Head of Geography to donate book royalties to SHOCC

John Moran, past head of geography at St Mary's, has been in touch about his new book Turbulence and Disorder in World Systems. It is available on Amazon price £8.99.

John is one of St Mary’s oldest alumni and will be celebrating his 97th birthday on February 8th. He studied at St Mary’s between 1942 – 1944 gaining his teachers’ certificate. He was a member of the London Air Squadron (Simmaries Training Wing) and served as a navigator in 97 Squadron Bomber Command from 1944 until 1946. On leaving the RAF, he taught at the London Oratory School until 1948, Westminster Cathedral School until 1950 and then at St. Bonaventure’s School until 1962. From 1962 until his retirement in 1982, he was lecturer and Head of the Department of Geography at St Mary’s. He now lives near Wells, in Somerset.

Turbulence and Disorder is the fourth of John’s publications previous ones being ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ (2014), ‘Know your World: A Geographer’s Guide to the Anthropocene Age’ (2016), and ‘Applied Geography: The Formulation of a new Ecological Science’ (2018). ‘Applied Geography’ is on the recommended reading list at Exeter University.

John has kindly agreed to donate half the royalties from the sale of his book to SHOCC, the university charity, and half to Water Aid. SHOCC started life in 1971 as SHOC becoming a registered charity in 2008. Over that time, it has raised over a million pounds to help the disadvantaged in its local area and overseas.  It is currently funding the construction of schools in Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan and a HIV hospice in Guatemala as well as supporting local charities such as Spear and the Vineyard Community in Richmond.

SHOCC will use the royalties to help construct St Jude's, a new primary school at Mto Wa Mbu in Tanzania. We have funded the construction of six classrooms at the school and have one more to construct in 2022. We will then begin fund raising for a dining hall, administration block and a library.