Dr Sarah Mills Ph.D. (Wales)

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Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Academic career

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.

Professional responsibilities

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)

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’.

My teaching focuses on the geographies of citizenship and young people.

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

Mills, S (2016, online) Jives, jeans and Jewishness? Moral geographies, atmospheres and the politics of mixing at the Jewish Lads’ Brigade & Club 1954-1969Environment 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 CymruSocial 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 ManchesterTransactions 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 WalesThe 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 BritainEnvironment 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.