Dr Katie Higgins

Title: Teaching Fellow in Human Geography
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 733161
Email: k.w.higgins@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith WS1.15
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My research focuses include postcolonial mobilities, the politics of sameness and difference in ex-British settler societies, imaginative geographies of Aotearoa New Zealand and British emigration.

In 2010 I graduated from the University of Sussex with a first class honours in BA Geography. I was then awarded an ESRC scholarship to continue my studies at the University of Sussex for an MSc in Social Research Methods and a PhD in Human Geography, for which I received a Distinction and an Unconditional Pass respectively. While carrying out my PhD, I was a visiting researcher at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and Queen’s University, Canada.

I have previously worked as a research associate with Professor Louise Morley at the Department of Social Work and Education at the University of Sussex and with Dr James Hampshire at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. In January 2017 I started as a Teaching Fellow in Geography at Keele University.

Selected Publications, Presentations and Awards

Upon corrections. The heterogeneity of settler imaginaries: British migrants in globalised white settler geographies. Social & Cultural Geography.

2017. Dimensions of Britishness in a post ‘British World’: contemporary British migrants living in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, in: Leonard, P and Walsh, K. Eds. British Emigration. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

2016. Migration, space and transnational identities: the British in South Africa. Social & Cultural Geography.


2016. ‘A paradise at the end of the world’: British migrants in pursuit of ‘the good life’ in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Studies Association. Franklin University of Switzerland, Switzerland.

2015. Settler dreaming: migrants, settler societies and biculturalism. International Pacific Waves Conference of Humanities. University of Sussex, UK.

2014. Intimate Others: contemporary British migrants in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. RGS-IBG. Royal Geographical Society, UK.


Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 (ES/J500173/1)

Economic and Social Research Council Overseas Institutional Visit

First Year

  • Practising Human Geography
  • Human Geographies

Second Year

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Concepts and Debates in Geography
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Space and Society