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Research overview

Sharon’s research is concerned with the often hidden social geographies of difference and marginalisation, and the constitution of belonging. Sharon seeks to critically assess the discursive formation and consequent actualisation of difference politically and socially, and its impact on the most forgotten in society. She has acquired a specific interest in the ways in which elites produce and regulate knowledge in nuanced ways, allowing for the legitimisation of particular understandings and practices in relation to migrants and ethnic minority groups. Sharon is researching the bordering practices being normalised through immigration legislation. She is currently interested in revealing the workings of the everywhere border in relation to the UK’s Immigration Acts (2014 & 2016). Sharon would welcome enquiries about research degrees in the following areas; borderwork, state practices in relation to immigration, and the ‘everywhere border’. Please contact her directly to discuss.

Teaching activity

• Associate Dean Students (Science) 2022 to 2025

Research interests

  • Geographies of “the Border” 
  • Precarity 
  • Legal Geographies 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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