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 Academic Papers and Funding Awarded

Accepted upon revisions. Colonial legacies and lifestyle orientations: British migrants’ imagined geographies and pursuit of ‘the good life’ in Aotearoa New Zealand. Population, Space and Place.
In print. Dimensions of Britishness in a post ‘British World’: contemporary British migrants living in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, in: Leonard, P and Walsh, K Eds. 2017. British Migration. Palgrave Macmillan, London.
2017. The Impact of Brexit on EU migrants: British migrants across Europe. RGS-IBG. London, UK.
2017. The tense of the other: encounters in settler societies. Nordic Geographers Meeting. Stockholm, Sweden.
2017. The migrancy of racial and settler imaginaries: British migrants in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Social & Cultural Geography. DOI:  10.1080/14649365.2017.1347956
2016. Migration, space and transnational identities: British migrants in South Africa. Social & Cultural Geography. 18 (2), 293-294. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1253606
2016. Asians and the new multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, a review. New Zealand Studies Network. [Online]  
2016. Settler dreaming: migrants, settler societies and biculturalism. International Pacific Waves Conference of Humanities. University of Sussex, UK.
2015. Finding a place to speak from: British migrants in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. International Emotional Geographies Conference. University of Edinburgh, UK.
2015. Contemporary British migrants’ negotiation of belonging in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Material Matters Discussion Group. Queen’s University, Canada.
2015. Common sense and sensibility: Contemporary British migrants in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Geography Research in Progress. University of Sussex, UK.
2014. Intimate Others: contemporary British migrants in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. RGS-IBG. Royal Geographical Society, UK.
2013. Privileged postcolonial mobilities. International Mobilities Symposium. University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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