Dr. Deborah Sporton


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As SIIDshare Director, Deborah is responsible for the management of the flagship student-run enterprise, overseeing all partnerships and projects. Deborah is also actively involved in enterprise, civic engagement, widening participation and internationalistion initiatives across the Faculty of Social Sciences. Deborah graduated with a BA in Geography from the University of Sheffield in 1986 and was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1990. Her PhD was ESRC/CNRS funded and based for a year at the Université de Paris 1. In 1989 Deborah was appointed to a lectureship in Human Geography and promoted to a Senior Lectureship in 2003.
Deborah has served on the Committee of the Institute for British Geographer’s Population Geography Research Group and the BSPS Council. She has acted as external examiner for the University of Sussex’s MA in Environment, Development and Policy. She has also undertaken consultancy and advisory work for the ONS, DWP and DFID.

Research Interests

Deborah’s research has placed strong emphasis on research co-production involving active stakeholder and policy engagement. As such she has developed strong partnerships with communities, civil society groups and NGOs as well as policy makers both in the UK and across the Globe. Her current and evolving research interests encompass population geographies, social identities and difference and social and environmental change. Through her research, Deborah has developed extensive international collaborative links and has held visiting positions at the Université de Paris 1, the University of Zaragoza and the University of the North West, South Africa.

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