Sara Fregonese


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would be glad to hear from potential PhD students with proposals on both contemporary and historical aspects of the following areas:

Political geography, geopolitics
Urban geopolitics, urban conflict, sectarianism
The Middle East and Lebanon


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Research interests

PhD Geography (Newcastle)
MA Mediterranean Cooperation(Ca' Foscari University, Venice)
BA Oriental Languages and Cultures (Ca' Foscari University, Venice)


 I am a political geographer with a background in Middle Eastern studies and a research focus on cities and conflict, particularly Lebanon.


My research is structured along three themes:

1.   Urban geopolitics and hybrid sovereignty

2.   More-than-human approaches to urban conflict

3.   Historical geographies of sectarianism (Ottoman Levant)


My past research has been supported by: 

2011-2012: British Academy Small Research Grant
Views from the Holiday Inn. War, urban landscape, and memory in Beirut

2009-2012: British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Geographical Perspectives on War and Cities: the case of Beirut.

2004-2007: PhD Studentship, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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