University of St Andrews


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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. 


  • Pro-Dean (Science Curriculum)
  • Head of 4th Year Geography 


Research Interests

  • Geographies of ‘the Border’
  • Legal Geographies
  • Bare Life 
  • Trafficking and Forced Migration


Teaching Interests

  • GG3237 Political and Cultural Geographies of the Border –  will next run Sept to Dec 2019
  • GG4221 Review Essay – Co-ordinator and Supervisor 
  • GG4297/8  Dissertation – Co-ordinator & Supervisor
  • GG4201 Advanced Debates in Geography
  • GG2012 Introduction to Border Studies 

Postgraduate Students