Sara Fregonese

Colleges, School and Institutes

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.



Willingness to take 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