Dr Sarah Mills
My research focuses on the geographies of youth citizenship, informal education and volunteering in both contemporary and historical contexts. Current ESRC-funded research (via an FRL award 2014-17) examines the state’s motivations behind, the voluntary sector’s engagement with, and young people’s experiences of, National Citizen Service (NCS) since its launch in 2011. My previous research projects have been funded by the ESRC, AHRC (Co-I) and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and explored the gendered citizenship projects and educational philosophies of several British youth movements across the twentieth century, including the Scouts, Girl Guides, Woodcraft Folk, and Jewish Lads’ Brigade. This work has been published in a number of journal articles, with my broader research interests captured in two co-edited collections: on ‘Informal Education, Childhood & Youth’ (2014, Palgrave Macmillan) and ‘Politics, Citizenship and Rights’ (2016, Springer). I have also published on the geographies of youth work, faith, archival research methods and public historical geographies. A recent research project funded by the Institute of Historical Research has drawn these interests together to consider the ‘sonic geographies of childhood’.
Mills, S (2016, online) Jives, jeans and Jewishness? Moral geographies, atmospheres and the politics of mixing at the Jewish Lads’ Brigade & Club 1954-1969, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Jones, R, Merriman, P, Mills, S (2016, online) Youth organizations and the reproduction of nationalism in Britain: the role of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Social and Cultural Geography.
Kallio, K. P. and Mills, S. (2016) (eds) Politics, Citizenship and Rights, Vol. 7 of Skelton, T. (ed.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Singapore: Springer.
Mills, S. and Kraftl, P. (2016) Cultural Geographies of Education, cultural geographies 23(1), 19-27
Mills, S. (2016) Geographies of education, volunteering and the lifecourse: the Woodcraft Folk in Britain (1925–75), cultural geographies 23(1), 103-119
Mills, S (2015) Geographies of youth work, volunteering and employment: The Jewish Lads' Brigade and Club in post-war Manchester, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40(4), 523-535
Woolvin, M, Mills, S, Hardill, I, Rutherford, A (2015) Divergent geographies of policy and practice? Voluntarism and devolution in England, Scotland and Wales, The Geographical Journal, 181(1), 38-46
Mills, S (2014) Youth on streets and Bob-a-Job Week: Urban geographies of masculinity, risk, and home in postwar Britain, Environment and Planning A, 46(1), 112-128
Mills, S. and Kraftl, P. (2014) (eds) Informal Education, Childhood and Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Year 1: Geographies of Identity; Practising Geography - Residential Fieldcourse; Tutorials.
Year 2: Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation (module convenor).
Final Year: Global Cities Fieldcourse – New York; Dissertation.
Doing Global Research.
Current postgraduate research students
Jo Hickman Dunne: Youth, Outdoor Learning and Life Skills
Tim Fewtrell: Youth Volunteering in Muslim Communities in Britain
Jonathan Duckett: Youth Citizenship, National Identity and Sport
2015 onwards: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2012-15: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2011-2: ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Leicester.
2007-10: PhD, Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
2016 onwards: Editorial Board Member, Environment and Planning A
2015-2018 – Chair, GCYFRG, RGS-IBG
2015 - AAG Political Geography Speciality Group's 'Outstanding Research Award' (Virginie Mamadouh Publication Prize)
2012-5 – Secretary, SCGRG, RGS-IBG.
2011-5 – Committee Member, GCYFRG, RGS-IBG (Treasurer 2011-14)