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Sarah M. Hughes

Assistant Professor in Human Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle

I am a Political Geographer interested in forced migration, resistance, citizenship and creative practice. I have a longstanding interest in how systems of asylum governance across Europe are lived, experienced and resisted. This has included research on the role of creativity within immigration detention centres, resistance to dispersal accommodation, and the everyday lives of those who have recently have been granted refugee status.

My work has been widely published in academic books and journals, including an edited collection on Critical Geographies of Resistance. I've also worked closely with support organisations to improve refugee voice within organisation structures, fed my research into debates in Parliament, and worked with local authorities on integrating systems to try and improve support for new refugees.


  • –present
    Research Fellow in Human Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle


  • 2018 
    Durham, PhD