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Miss Sarah M. Hughes, BA (Hons) MA AFHEA

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: Christopherson Annexe

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I am a PhD candidate in Human Geography, funded by the ESRC. Prior to beginning my PhD, I worked for Amnesty International UK and The Lullaby Trust and also volunteered with Detention Action and Kent Refugee Help. I completed a Masters in Research Methods at Durham University in 2013. 

Twitter: @Sarah_Hughes90

Current Research (2013-2017 ESRC Awarded Project)

PhD: Conceptualising creativity and resistance within the UK's asylum system.

My current research explores resistance within the UK asylum's system. In particular, I focus upon those within Immigration Removal Centres, and dispersed asylum-seekers in Tyneside. I ask what an attention to the creative can bring to understandings of resistance within such sites of waiting.

Grants and Awards

2017. Overseas Institutional Visit (ESRC, £3,250)

Three month visit with Prof. Alison Mountz, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada. 

2016. Postgraduate Conference Funding (Durham Geography, £500)

2014. Trevelyan College Research Travel Bursary (£500)

2013. ESRC 1+3 Research Funding (£72,754)

2009. Vice Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence (£2000)


I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Tutoring and Demonstrating

  • L1 Human Geography: Space and Place in a Changing World
  • L1 Introduction to Geographical Methods
  • L2 Social Research Methods
  • L2 Political Geography
  • L3 Politics Space: Drawing Lines, Writing the World.

Selected Publications

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