Geography and Environment


Professor Sarah Holloway Ph.D (Sheffield)

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Professor of Human Geography

Academic career

2013 onwards: Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. 
2012: British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. 
2010 onwards: Professor of Human Geography, Loughborough University. 
2007: Philip Leverhulme Prize Winner. 
1994 -2007: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Human Geography, Loughborough University.

Professional responsibilities

2014 onwards: Editorial Board Member, RGS-IBG Book Series
2013 onwards: Committee Member, GCYFRG, RGS-IBG. 
2011onwards:  Editorial Board Member, Social and Cultural Geography. 
2009 onwards: Editorial Board Member, Children’s Geographies

I am a social and cultural geographer, with twin interests in ‘Geographies of Children, Youth and Families’ and ‘Geographies of Social Difference’.

My current research explores these themes through a focus on geographies of education and learning, a field which foregrounds the ways wider social processes shape (and are reshaped through) formal and informal spaces of education, and considers how this is experienced, embraced and contested by educators and diverse subjects of education. For example, my recent research on primary education explores: (i) the importance of idealised understanding parenting and childhood in the localisation of neoliberal restructuring; (ii)  the impact of economic, political and social changes in shaping the class-differentiated choices mothers make about earning a living and caring for their children; (iii) the growth of enrichment activities which play a crucial role in class reproduction and which are transforming geographies of play and the time-space organisation of middle-class family life; (iv) the significance of local moral geographies of mothering in the reception of state-sponsored parenting education in socio-economically diverse areas. In the University sector, I have explored implications of gender, sexuality and religion in young people’s accrual of cultural capital when they are internationally mobile for higher education.

My previous research has investigated: (i) class differentiated geographies of childrearing; (ii) young people’s use of new technologies at home and school; (iii) gender and youth in domesticated and public drinking landscapes; (iii) racialisation of Gypsy-Traveller and rural racism.

My teaching examines the importance of social divisions such as class, gender and race at local, national and global scales.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Tim Fewtrell: Youth Volunteering in Muslim Communities in Britain.
  • Sophie Beer: Geographies of early childhood education.

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Stacey Balsdon (2015): Studentification and intra-student relations: the importance of geography and residence.
  • Jan Semmelroggen (2012): Political discourses on Skilled Labour Migration in Germany 2005-2009.
  • Yu-Chieh Hsieh (2010): Gender Equity Education in Taiwan: Schooling, Young people and identity.
  • Xiomara Araujo Salas (2010): Decentralization in Venezuela and Citizen participation in Local Government: the case of Local councils for public planning and the communal councils.
  • Jasmine Harvey (2009): Cyber and cellular cultures in the Gambia: Socio-spatial perspectives on globalisation, development and the digital divide.
  • Holloway, SL & Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2016) New economy, neoliberal state and professionalized parenting: mothers’ labour market engagement and state support for social reproduction in class-differentiated Britain Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers  41.4: 376–388 (Open access publication – download here)
  • Holloway, S.L. (2014) Changing children's geographies Children's Geographies, 12(4):377-392 (Open access publication – download here)
  • Holloway, S.L. & Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2014) Enriching children, institutionalizing childhood?: Geographies of play, extra-curricular activities, and parenting in England Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104(3): 613-27 (Open access publication – download here)
  • Holloway, SL & Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2014) “Any advice is welcome isn’t it?”: neoliberal parenting education, local mothering cultures and social class Environment and Planning A46(1): 94-111 (Open access publication – download here)
  • Holloway, SL and Pimlott-Wilson, H (2013) Parental involvement in children's learning: Mothers' fourth shift, social class, and the growth of state intervention in family life, Canadian Geographer, 57(3): 327-336, ISSN: 0008-3658. (Download here)  
  • Holloway, SL and Pimlott-Wilson, H (2012) Neoliberalism, policy localisation and idealised subjects: a case study on educational restructuring in England, TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS, 37(4): 639-654, ISSN: 0020-2754. (Repository version - download here)       
  • Holloway, SL, Pimlott-Wilson, H, O'Hara, SL (2012) Educational mobility and the gendered geography of cultural capital: The case of international student flows between central Asia and the UK, Environment and Planning A, 44(9): 2278-2294, ISSN: 0308-518X. (Download here)
  • Holloway, SL, Hubbard, PJ, Jons, H, Pimlott Wilson, H (2010) Geographies of education and the importance of children, youth and families, Progress in Human Geography, 34(5): 583-600, ISSN: 0309-1325 (Download here)