Lucy Potter

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Lucy Potter
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Lucy previously studied Philosophy at the University of Sheffield before joining the Department of Sociological Studies in 2019. Her MA dissertation involved an exploration of ‘Voluntourism’ and the extent to which it perpetuates neo-colonial relations of power. After completion of her MA, Lucy worked as a Research Assistant for a third-sector organisation. She was then awarded a PhD studentship in 2022, her PhD research focuses on the British asylum system and cases submitted under grounds of non-religiosity.

  • BA Philosophy, University of Sheffield (2016-2019)
  • MA Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield (2019-2020)
Research interests

Thesis title: Blasphemy and Apostasy in the UK Asylum system: Policy and practice in asylum cases submitted under grounds of non-religiosity. 

Research interests:

  • Asylum
  • Non-religion
  • Migration
  • Human Rights
  • Postcolonialism

Journal articles

Research group

PhD Supervisors:

The PhD is a collaborative project with a third-sector human rights organisation


Department of Sociological Studies PhD collaborative award

Professional activities and memberships

Lucy is the Network Manager for the Migration Research Group which leads on global migration and mobility research from the University of Sheffield. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant, leading seminars on a range of modules including Migration and Race and Classical Sociological Theory. Lucy is also currently a member of the IMISCOE's PhD Network committee, as well as, the Sociology of Religion (SocRel) BSA Study group, acting as Early Career Researcher and Post-Graduate Liaison Officer.