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Dr Sarah Peck

Research Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Centre for International Development (2020-2024)My work is centred on my interests in civic space, migration and global development and collaborative research methods. My main areas of research interest are: 

1. Everyday activism, solidarity and civic space for development, particularly transnational mobilisations.

2. Critical geographies of migration, development, race and belonging.

3. The philosophy and culture of aid, particularly the geographies of reparative justice in the context of small island states and UK-Caribbean relations. 

My current research project, entitled Deterritorialised responsibilities: diasporic life, civic space and global development, adopts a comparative multi-sited approach, combining policy analysis, archival research, narrative interviewing and digital storytelling to explore the intersections between diasporic life, civic engagement and global development, and how this has changed over time for diasporic groups and communities in the UK. 

More information about this project can be found here: Diasporic life and global development

I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2018. My PhD examined the experiences of civil society actors working in sustainable development in Barbados and Grenada. Working in collaboration with an International Development agency, my research concluded that civil society can be understood as a space of complex interactions, rather than one based on Western constructs. 

More information about my PhD work can be found here: Civil Society & Sustainable Development in the Caribbean (

I am also interested in collaborative and participatory research methods. I have worked in academic and the voluntary sector, prior to coming to Northumbria I completed a qualitative project with a team of volunteer researchers looking at ageing and social isolation in Sheffield. 


Sarah Peck

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  • Civil society and civic space, Peck, S. 28 May 2024, The Companion to Development Studies, London, Routledge
  • A ‘distinct UK offer’: The geographies of the FCDO's International Development Strategy 2022, Peck, S. 1 Mar 2023, In: The Geographical Journal
  • An evolving migration-development nexus: DfID and British politics of race and belonging, Peck, S. 1 Jun 2023, In: Geoforum
  • ‘A philosophy of change’: Emotions, civil society and global development, Peck, S. 1 May 2023, In: Emotion, Space and Society
  • Archipelagic geographies, civil society and global development, Peck, S. Mar 2023, In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • Beyond knowledge exchange: doctoral training, collaborative research and reflective pedagogies in human geography, Peck, S. 1 Jan 2023, In: Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • Capacity-building and diasporic civil society, Peck, S., Jen, D., Grieve, T., Ogunpaimo, O., Olajide, A. 18 Aug 2023, In: Development in Practice
  • Global development, diasporic communities, and civic space, Peck, S. 1 Feb 2022, In: Geography Compass
  • ‘Our citizenship is being prostituted’: The everyday geographies of economic citizenship regimes, Peck, S., Hammett, D. 1 Oct 2022, In: Progress in Human Geography
  • Re-orienting the Diaspora–Development Nexus, Peck, S. 11 Mar 2022, In: Diaspora Studies

  • Geography PhD July 11 2018
  • Health and Community Studies MA January 31 2014
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) July 30 2004
  • Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy AFHEA

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