I was very pleased to hear that Karen Lai has been awarded the 2009 RGS Economic Geography Research Group prize for best PhD in the sub-discipline. Her thesis, “Approaches to ‘Markets’: The Development of Shanghai as an International Financial Centre”, was undertaken here in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. I co-supervised her doctoral research with Shaun French. In 2008, Karen was awarded a prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada. Following that, Karen will be taking up a position in the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore.