Lucy Potter

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Lucy Potter
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield
S10 2TU
Profile

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.

Qualifications
  • 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
Research group

PhD Supervisors:

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

Grants

Department of Sociological Studies PhD collaborative award

Professional activities

Lucy is the Network Manager for the Migration Research Group which leads on global migration and mobility research from the University of Sheffield. She has also worked as a Research Assistant within the Sociological Department on an Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) funded project. Lucy will begin teaching students on Sociology undergraduate modules in 2023.