Dr Katie Higgins

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Urban Studies Foundation Fellow

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Dr Katie Higgins
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I joined the department in May 2018 as an Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow. My research focuses on geographies of wealth in Manchester and its surrounds, the relationship of wealthy residents to their local urban environment and themes of gender and class.

In 2010, I graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in Geography. I returned to the University of Sussex for an ESRC-funded MSc in Social Research Methods and a PhD in Human Geography, for which I received an Unconditional Pass.

While carrying out my PhD, I spent 12 months as a visiting researcher in the Department of Geography at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and four months as an ESRC-OIV funded researcher at the Department of Geography, Queen’s University, Canada.

Prior to joining USP, I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Sussex and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Keele.

Research interests

Successful business people and families in the North West of England, 2018-2021

Funded by the USF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The Fellowship will be used to develop a study of geographies of wealth in Manchester and its surrounds.

The response of British migrants living in other EU Member States to the EU referendum: national belonging, mobility and emotions, 2017-2018

This project surveyed 909 predominantly pro-Remain British nationals living in other EU Member States, asking for reflections on their national identity, future plans and whether they had experienced uncertainty following the EU referendum. It sought to understand how their national identity and sense of belonging was being renegotiated post-referendum through a lens attentive to the cultural politics of emotion.

Ambiguous migrants: contemporary British migrants living in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, 2012-2016 (funded by ESRC 1+3)

My doctoral research explored the everyday experiences, spaces and mobilities of British migrants living in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. It drew on a combination of qualitative methods – creative, biographic and ethnographic – to explore British nationals’ migration biographies, personal geographies of the city and encounters with Auckland’s cultural and ethnic landscapes. The project has contributed to debates on urban multiculture in settler colonial societies, the colonial continuities of lifestyle migration, British migration and the interplay of racial and settler imaginaries.


Journal articles


  • Higgins A (2020) Qualitative Interviewing of Elites In Atkinson P, Delamont S, Williams R & Cernat A (Ed.), SAGE Research Methods Foundations SAGE Publications Limited RIS download Bibtex download
  • Higgins A (2018) Britishness abroad: British migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand In Walsh K & Leonard P (Ed.), British Migration Privilege, Diversity and Vulnerability Routledge RIS download Bibtex download