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Dr Annie Hughes

School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
Position: Principal Lecturer


Dr Annie Hughes is an Associate Professor.
She is the Director for Learning and Teaching in the School of Natural and Built Environments. Her dedicated remit is for student experience and teaching and learning strategies within the School.
She was also appointed Associate Professor for Inclusive Curriculum in July 2015 and works in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Directorate (0.4) leading on Kingston University's Excellence Framework for an Inclusive Curriculum.

She joined Kingston University in 1995 after completing a Ph.D. at Bristol University supervised by Professor Sarah Whatmore. Her main research interests fall within two main arenas. The first develops her interest in gender related issues in rural environments (stemming from her Ph.D. Her research has been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), The British Academy (BA), the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).

The second research piece focuses on research into inclusive pedagogic practices and has been funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2015 - present Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2013 - present Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 1995 - present Fellow of the Royal Geographical Association (with the Institute of British Geographers)
  • 1992 - 1997 Ph.D. Geography Bristol University
  • 1989 - 1992 B.A. (Hons.) Geography University of Wales

Research Interests

Publications (2001-)
Hughes, A. (with Aziz, S.)(2011) Violence against Women in Pakistan: A Case Study of
Cholistani Women, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Number 10.
Hughes, A. (2011) Class, rurality and lone parents' connections with waged labour: the mediating influences of relational assets and human capital, Pini, B. and Leach, B. (Eds.) Reshaping Gender and Class in Rural Spaces, London: Ashgate.
Hughes, A. (2005) [WITH C. Nativel] Lone parents and paid Work: Evidence from Rural England, Little, J. and Morris, C. (eds) Critical studies in rural gender issues, Aldershot: Ashgate pp. 27-44 ISBN 0 75463517 1
Hughes, A. (2004) Rural lone parenthood: geographies of invisibility, Kneafsey, M. and Holloway, L. (eds.) Geographies of rural cultures and societies, Aldershot: Ashgate. Pp126-144 ISBN 0 7546 3571 6
Hughes, A (2003) Review of Gender and Rural Geography: identity, sexuality and power in the countryside (Little, J, 2002), Gender, place and culture: a journal of feminist geography, Vol. 10, No. 1 pp84-86. ISSN 0966-369X
Hughes, A. (2003) [with Garside, P. and Lynch, K.] Retailing and sustainability: exploring connections using the example of a local town market, Buckingham, S. and Theobald, K. (eds.) Local Environmental Sustainability, Cambridge: Woodhead.. pp. 114-135 ISBN 1-85573 685 3
Hughes, A., Morris, C. and Seymour, S. (2001, eds) Ethnography and rural research, Chester: Chester University College Press. ISBN 1-86(R)-087-5
Hughes, A. (1997) Women and rurality: gendered experiences of 'community' in village life, Milbourne, P. (ed.) Revealing rural 'others': power, representation and identity in the British Countryside; London: Cassell
Hughes, A. (1997) Rurality and 'cultures of womanhood': recovering the domestic experiences of rural women , Cloke, P. and Little, J. (1997) Contested Countryside Cultures: rurality and socio-cultural marginalisation, London: Routledge.
Hughes, A. (1996) Review of Researching women's lives from a feminist perspective (Maynard M. and Purvis J., 1994, eds.), Gender, place and culture: a journal of feminist geography

Research Reports:
Hughes, A. (with Boulay, A.) (2012) Geographical Experiences of first year undergraduates in Geography, Geology and the Environment, GEES (HEA) Project Report.
Hughes, A. (with Nativel, C.) (2004) Lone parents and paid work: case-studies from rural
England, Economic and Social Research Council End of Award Report, Award No: R000223778.

Internal Research projects
November 2016 Understanding the challenges faced by commuting students from a diverse range of backgrounds: overcoming barriers and identifying solutions, SADRAS grant, £1000 Co-applicants: Dr Peter Garside, EDI Unit (Student partners: Saidhanya Raviendrakumar, Sophie La'Val, Emily Davis, Amy Koo-Seen-Lin, Lucy Trainer, Maryam Miah, Rayhana Abouchitaa. Tessy Raghavan)
November 2016 Exploring students' perceptions of the inclusiveness of their curriculum: diverse perspectives in a multi-cultural student body, SADRAS grant, £1000, Co-applicants: Nona McDuff (Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Student partners: Saidhanya Raviendrakumar, Emily Davis, Amy Koo-Seen-Lin
Maryam Miah
June 2015 Examining the role of 'student clubs' in raising levels of social interaction amongst undergraduates, US Staff Exchange Grant (KUL) £1500
March 2015 Exploring the diverse understandings of good academic practice amongst undergraduate students through an active research methodology which engages students in the key debates, CHERP Education Research Grant £1000 Co applicants: Dr Peter Garside (School of Geography, Geology and the Environment), Dr Mary Kelly (School of Geography, Geology and the Environment) and Dr Clarissa Wilks (Dean of Learning and Teaching, Vice Chancellor's Office)
March 2015 The use of 'real world' teaching to promote core KU graduate attributes, CHERP Education Research Grant £1000 Co-Applicants: Dr D. Anderson, Department of Strategy, Marketing and Innovation, Faculty of Business and Law. Dr Peter Garside (School of Geography, Geology and the Environment) Dr Mary Kelly (School of Geography, Geology and the Environment) and Dr Martha Mador, Enterprise, Kingston
May 2015 An investigation into Peer Assisted Learning (PAL): a students' perspective (with Garside, P. and Coombs, M.) Kingston University CHERP/COLLABORATIVE BID (SEC FACULTY) £1500
November 2014 Student engagement using Twitter: barrier or gateway? £1000 SADRAS Grant Co: applicants Dr Peter Garside, Dr Mary Kelly, Salman Usman (Student Partners: Montoute, Marvin, Ruvalcaba, Ernesto Sophie Bowden)
November 2014 An exploration into the social interaction and integration patterns of students from a diverse range of socio-cultural and economic backgrounds: a case-study of Kingston University, SADRAS grant, £1000 Co-applicants: Dr Peter Garside and Dr Mary Kelly, EDI Unit (Student partners: Louis Knight-Adams, Ryan Ashton, Jessica Mansell and Chelsie Cull)
November 2014 Using reward schemes to encourage student participation in formative assessment, SADRAS grant, £1000, Co-applicants: Dr Mary Kelly, Dr Peter Garside (Student Partners:
Sadiya Mahfuza)
June 2014 The Place of Fieldwork in Geography Undergraduate Programmes in UK HEIS, Nuffield Foundation Research Placement Student.
January 2013 Ethics, Response and giving back: undergraduate fieldwork in the Global South, Kingston University Staff Development Fund 2013 £200
October 2013 Embedding the new PTS into the Capstone project: a student-centred evaluation, SADRAS, £1000, KU SADRAS Application
October 2013 Evaluation of Respondus as a means of delivering online summative assessments [with Garside, P.] SADRAS Grant, £1000.
July 2013 Kingston University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing Undergraduate Summer Research Internship [with Dr S. Downward] Alumni viewpoints: collecting talking heads £1000
2010-2011 Ethnic identities and positioning 'in the field': identifying key issues for the GEES subjects £7025
2002- 2005 Lone parents and paid work: case-studies from rural England, Economic and Social Research Council, (Award No. R000223778) £41,411.90
Evaluated: Outstanding
2000-2001 An Exploration into the Geographies of Rural Lone parents in England and Wales, Royal Geographical Society HSBC Grant, £1300

Travel Grants and Bursaries

May 2015 Sec Faculty Travel Bursary, £300 (attend the HEIR Conference, 2015)
August 2014 SEC Faculty Travel Bursary, £1940 Attendance at the Association of American Geographers Conference, 2015 [with Garside, P.]
October 2013 SEC Faculty Staff Development Grant, £1995 to complete 'Leading Transformation in Learning and Teaching' HEA/ Leadership Foundation, £1995.
September 2013 Erasmus 'Organisation of Mobility' (OM) Fund Field visit to the University of Malta [with Dr S. Downward]. £500
2001 British Academy Travel Grant to Association of American Geographers Annual conference, 2001-05-3, £249

Research Student Completions:
2014 Chiara Negrini, PhD awarded
Title: Later life in public spaces: investigating the geography or social interactions in the urban environment
2013 Penelopi Alexandrou, Ph.D. awarded
Title: Hellenic female migration and a Greek Canadian legacy: social networks, cultural continuity and economic development of the women of the Halifax Greek code
2012 Samehia Aziz, PhD Awarded (Director of Studies)
Title: Violence against women of Pakistan: a case study of the Cholistan Desert
2006 Simon Kiley, PhD Awarded
Title: An Evaluation of Lay Discourses of Power - Impacts in Rural England

Current Student Supervisions;
January 2015- Present
Valentine Amaragh
Title: The role of planning in increasing well-bring and happiness in communities and societies
Zahra Eftekhari Rad
Title: Muslim women in public spaces
March 2013 – Present
Rahat Naeem
Title: Comprehensive Study of Homelessness and Migration in Northern Rural and Urban Centres in the Near North of Ontario, Canada, Using GIS Techniques

Doctorates Examined:
Alma Pobric
Thesis Title: Fertility and the Status of Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Doctor of Philosophy, Award Date June 2010

Journal Reviewer : Journal of Rural Studies; Sociologia Ruralis, Gender, place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography, Rural Sociology,

Research Council Reviewer: Economic and Social Research Council, 2009

Publisher Reviewer: Routledge, Longman.

Teaching Area

Undergraduate Teaching: Level 4 Introducing Human Geographies Level 5 Geographical Concepts and Methodologies Design and Mananagement of Projects Social and Cultural Geography Level 6 Global Rural Geographies

Other Professional Activity

October 2015 Member of the ESRC Peer Review College
June 2012 Advisor to AQA on revised GCE AS/A2 Level Specifications in Geography
2009-Present External Examiner, Leeds Metropolitan University
2001–2005 Secretary, Rural Geography Study Group RGS-IBG
1998-2001 Ordinary member, Rural Geography Study Group RGS-IBG
1994-1995 Postgraduate member of the RGRG, RGS-IBG
1996-2009 Secretary of the Kingston Branch of the Geographical Association


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