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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 a Teaching Fellow in Political Geography within the department. My research focusses upon the relationship between resistance and creativity in the UK asylum system, and within Political Geography more broadly. In my doctoral research I explored resistance within the UK’s asylum system, working with two charities in this field: Music in Detention and Crossings (Newcastle, UK). 

In addition to my individual research, I have pursued my interest in questions around resistance, knowledge production and what constitutes ‘the political’ through my interdisciplinary, and collaborative work on other projects. This has included exploring the politics of memory at the ten-year anniversary of the London bombings and an ongoing project focussing upon Chelsea Manning and the politics of knowledge production.

Twitter: @Sarah_Hughes90

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. 

This academic year (2017-2018), I am teaching 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 (Convener)

Selected Publications

Journal Article

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