Dr Sophie Cranston

PhD (Edinburgh)

Pronouns: She/her
  • UG Programme Leader (Geography & Environment)
  • Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Academic Career

  • 2020 onwards: Senior Lecturer in Human Geographies
  • 2014-2020: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
  • 2013-2014: Teaching Fellow, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh
  • 2010-2014: PhD, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh

Professional Responsibilities

Sophie's research focuses on three interrelated themes 1) migration industries/infrastructures 2) migration categories 3) global identities and privilege in migration.

She has examined these themes through a number of research projects including:

ESRC-funded research ‘Following the Expatriate’ (2010-2014) that examined the a) the expatriate as a category b) the role the global mobility industry plays in producing expatriate migration.

ASET, Loughborough, RGS-IBG funded research projects on International Schools, Third Culture Kids, British international students and the children of British migrants (2015-2020). These research projects explored a) different articulations of global identities and belonging amongst young people b) the framing of global skills.  

Loughborough funded research on infrastructures of skilled migration (2020-) 

Sophie teaches broadly across topics looking at the geographies of work and migration.

  • Rhianna Garrett (2022): Career trajectories of racialised minority PhDs and early career researchers in UK higher education
  • Ellie Moore (2022): Non-drinking students, Intersectional spaces of sobriety and academic citizenship on UK university campuses
  • Ben Slonecki (2022): Expatriating love: same-sex couples and the global mobility industry in East Asia
  • Abas Stitan (2020) The Palestinian diaspora in the UK
  • Completed 2020: Charlotte Bolton: The English as a Foreign Language Industry: A Story of Contemporary Mobility Processes (University Scholarship)