Ms Saskia Papadakis

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I am a PhD student at Royal Holloway’s Human Geography Department, where I am funded by the SeNSS ESRC consortium. My doctoral research on ‘Northerners in London: Englishness, place and mobility’, supervised by Professor Phil Crang at RHUL and Professor Ben Rogaly at the University of Sussex, is an oral history project on the English North-South divide. Having recorded oral history interviews with 15 people who grew up in the North of England and migrated to London as adults, I am drawing on Avtar Brah’s understanding of England as a ‘diaspora space’ as a framework to think through the complexities of individual experiences of migration. My aim is to produce a more inclusive, convivial and intersectional understanding of the English North-South divide, one which takes into account the ways in which histories and contemporary manifestations of British imperialism continue to shape people’s lives.

While I've found a home in Geography, my background is in Sociology, and I currently co-convene the Post/Decolonial Transformations study group for the British Sociological Association, along with Prof Gurminder Bhambra, Dr Meghan Tinsley and Dr Ali Meghji. I'm teaching on 'race' and racism and post/decolonial theory at the University of Cambridge Sociology Department, as well as on podcasting for Geography MA students at RHUL.

I completed my MA in Social Research at Goldsmiths College in September 2017, where I was awarded the Goldsmiths Masters Scholarship and the Goldsmiths Sociology Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, and I graduated from the University of York in 2014 with a First with Distinction in Sociology. In September 2017 I co-founded Surviving Society, an anti-racist sociology podcast, which I ran with fellow PhD students Chantelle Lewis and Tissot Regis until July 2019. 

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