Lecturer in Geography


MRes University of Exeter
PhD University of Plymouth
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic Positions:

Lecturer, Brasenose College
Lecturer, Keble College
Visiting Research Associate, Transport Studies Unit

Undergraduate Teaching:

Preliminary Examination: Human Geography; Geographical Techniques, Controversies.
Final Honour School: Space, Place and Society; Geographical Research; Environmental Geography.
Human Science, preliminary examination Paper 3.


Fiona undertook postgraduate studies in Social Science (Open University) and Research in Human Geography (University of Exeter), and completed her PhD at the University of Plymouth. During her doctorate, Fiona carried out research in South West France and was affiliated with Université Toulouse II - Le Mirail.

Research Interests:

Fiona's research focuses on movements of people and is situated in two fields: international migration and transport studies. Her ongoing work on the migration of British people to France (as examples of intra-EU migrants) explores principles of European free movement, the negotiation of borders as well as socio-cultural forms of citizenship. Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, Fiona has been examining how Britons in France and Spain are responding to uncertain futures. Her work is part funded by the ESRC and examines issues of citizenship and activism.

Fiona's interest in mobility has led her into transport research. Fiona has published on the economic impacts of both light rail transit and bus rapid transit and is editor of a forthcoming collection on Bus Rapid Transit (Edward Elgar Publishing). Fiona's work in this field also speaks to policy-making and she has presented research to the Parliamentary Light Rail Group, as well as contributing to projects on light rail in the UK and Oxford.


Ferbrache, F. (ed.) Forthcoming  Developing Bus Rapid Transit. Edward Elgar Publishing

Ferbrache, F. Forthcoming The wider economic impacts of BRT: a global synthesis. In Ferbrache, F. (ed.) Developing Bus Rapid Transit. Edward Elgar Publishing

Ferbrache, F. Forthcoming. Selling the Yellow Jersey: the Tour de France in the Global Era. Book review: Reed, E. Enterprise and Society

Ferbrache, F. & Knowles, R.D. 2017 City boosterism and place-making with light rail transit: a critical review of light rail impacts on city image and quality Geoforum. 80: 103-113

Ferbrache, F. & Knowles, R.D. 2016 Generating Opportunities for City Sustainability through Investments in Light Rail Systems: Introduction to the Special Section on Light Rail and Urban Sustainability. Journal of Transport Geography. 54: 369-372

Knowles, R.D. & Ferbrache, F. 2016. Evaluation of economic impacts of light rail investment on cities. Journal of Transport Geography. 54:430-439

Ferbrache, F. forthcoming Book review: MacClancy, J. (2015) 'Alternative Countrysides'. Area

Ferbrache, F. & Yarwood, R. 2015. Britons Abroad or European Citizens? The Negotiation of (Trans)national space and Citizenship by British Migrants in France. Geoforum. 62:73-83

Ferbrache, F. 2015 Book review:  Urry, J. (2015) 'Offshoring' Polity. Area. 47:212-213

Ferbrache, F. 2014 Book review: Jenson, O.B. (2013) 'Staging Mobilities' Routledge. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 4(1)

Knowles, R.D. & Ferbrache, F. 2014. The Economic Impacts on Cities of Investment in Light Rail Systems for UK Tram. Birmingham: Centro

Ferbrache, F. 2011  British immigrants in France: issues and debates in a broadening research field. Geography Compass. 5(10): 737-749

Ferbrache, F. 2011. Transnational Spaces within the European Union: the geographies of British migrants in France.  PhD thesis.  University of Plymouth

Ferbrache, F. Le Tour de France: A cultural geography of a sports mega-event. Geography 98(3): 144-151


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