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Dr Sarah Peck

Research Fellow

Department: Social Sciences

My work is centred on my  interests in civic space, everyday life and global development and collaborative research methods. I am  currently a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Centre for International Development (2020-2024). My current research project, entitled Deterritorialised responsibilities: Everyday diasporic life, civic space and global development, adopts a comparative multi-sited approach, combining policy analysis, archival research, narrative interviewing and digital storytelling to explore how everyday diasporic life shapes civic engagement and global development, and how this has changed over time for Indian and Jamaican diasporic communities.  

I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2018. My PhD examined the experiences of civil society actors working in sustainable development in Barbados and Grenada. Working in collaboration with an International Development agency, my research concluded that civil society can be understood as a space of complex interactions, rather than one based on Western constructs. More information about my PhD work can be found here:

My main areas of research interest are:   

1. Everyday activism and civic space, particularly transnational mobilisations and alliances.

2. Migration, global development and belonging.

3. The politics of UK-Caribbean aid relations, in particular the case for reparations in the Caribbean.

I am also interested in collaborative and participatory research methods. I have worked in academia and the voluntary sector, prior to coming to Northumbria I completed a qualitative project with a team of volunteer researchers looking at ageing and social isolation in Sheffield.

Sarah Peck


  • Geography PhD July 11 2018
  • Health and Community Studies MA January 31 2014
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) July 30 2004
  • Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy AFHEA

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Transnational social capital: the socio-spatialities of civil society, Peck, S. 1 Jan 2020, In: Global Networks
  • Managing precarity? Civil Society groups and donor retreat in the Eastern Caribbean, Peck, S. Oct 2019, In: International Development Planning Review
  • Civil society, everyday life and the possibilities for development studies, Peck, S. 25 Oct 2015, In: Geography Compass

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