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Dr Sarah M. Hughes, MA PhD

Research Fellow in the Department of Geography
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: S205

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I am an ESRC funded postdoctoral fellow in the Geography Department. My current research focuses upon conceptualisations of resistance within the UK asylum system. In addition to this research, I have pursued my interest in questions around resistance, knowledge production and what constitutes ‘the political’ through collaborative work on other projects (e.g. exploring the politics of memory at the ten-year anniversary of the London bombings and an ongoing interdisciplinary project focusing upon Chelsea Manning and the politics of knowledge curation)

Twitter: @Sarah_Hughes90

Grants and Awards

2018. NINEDTP ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (£43, 218)

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 a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Prior to my Postdoctoral Fellowship, I was a Teaching Fellow in Political Geography and taught on the following courses:

  • L1 Human Geography: Space and Place in a Changing World
  • L1 Introduction to Geographical Methods
  • L2 Social Research Methods
  • L2 Political Geography
  • L3 Power, Politics and Space (2017-2018, Convener)

Selected Publications

Book review

  • Hughes, S.M (Forthcoming). "After the Flight: The Dynamics of Refugee Settlement and Integration" Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle Upon Tyne. Journal of Refugee Studies

Journal Article

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