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Sarah Becklake

Formerly at Lancaster University

Sarah Becklake

Research overview

My research interests include: development politics, governance and citizenship, human (im)mobilities, human (in)securities and securitisation, gender and intersecting inequalities, non-governmental organisations, the social implications of new technologies, and Latin America.


I am a Senior Research Associate focusing on inequalities, human (im)mobilities, and (in)securities. Theoretically, I am informed by critical realism, complexity theory, and world systems and practice theories. My empirical research has primarily focused on Guatemala, where I have done ethnographic field research.

I completed my PhD in Sociology in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. John Urry and Prof. Anne-Marie Fortier. My thesis, entitled ‘Making Destino Guatemala: Everyday Enactments of Global Tourism Competition in La Antigua Guatemala’, has been accepted for publication by Routledge (2020). In 2017 I held a one year Economic and Social Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship. My research project, entitled ‘Touristic Competition, Securitisation, and the Creation of (In)Securities in Guatemala’ was funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund. I have published on the relationship between touristic development, non-profit/non-governmental development organisations, and securitisation/human (in)securities.

Current Teaching

Past Teaching Includes:

Understanding Social Thought SOCL200 (Lancaster 2018)

Gender and Women Studies GWS101 (Lancaster 2013-2014)

"Imaging the Body" SOCL317 (Lancaster, 2012)

'Introductory Sociology' SOCL101 (Lancaster, 2011-2012)

'The Feminist Economics of Trade' (Universität Kassel, 2008)

'Introduction to Globalization' (Universität Kassel, 2007-2008)


PhD in Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

Masters in Global Political Economy, Universität Kassel, Germany

University Exchange, Universidad de las Américas, Mexico

Bachelors in Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Research Grants

Past Grants/Awards:

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Global Challenges Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017)

Lancaster University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Research Studentship (2011-2014)

Canadian Bureau for International Education Scholarship (2006)

Simon Fraser University Undergraduate Open Scholarship (2005-2006)

External Roles

Since 2007 I have been editing English language abstracts for the German Academic Journal 'Peripherie: Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt' (Münster, Germany).

I am also an Associate Member of Equality in Tourism.

Additional Information

Thesis Title

Making 'Destino Guatemala': Everyday Enactments of Global Tourism Competition in La Antigua Guatemala

Supervised By

Professor Anne-Marie Fortier

Professor John Urry

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