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
Course convenor in Human Sciences

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
Human Science, FHS option on migration


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. and MacClancy, J. (2021) The Political Agency of British Migrants: Brexit and Belonging. Routledge, London. p.122. ISBN: 9780367462970

Knowles, R.D. and Ferbrache, F. (eds) (2019) Transit Oriented Development and Sustainable Cities: Economics, Community and Methods. Edward Eldar, Cheltenham. pp.229. ISBN: 9781788971706

Ferbrache, F. (2019) Developing Bus Rapid Transit: the value of BRT in urban spaces. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. pp. 288. ISBN: 9781788110907.


Journal Articles

Ferbrache, F. (2023) Pedagogic opportunities of sports mega-events: teaching geographies of place through the example of the Tour de France cycle race. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, [online] 

Knowles, R.D., Ferbrache, F. & Nikitas, A. (2020) Transport's historical, contemporary and future role in shaping urban development: Re-evaluating transit oriented development. Cities, 99.

Ferbrache, F. (2018) Developing bus rapid transit. Journal of Transport Geography, 70: 203-205.

Ferbrache, F. (2018) Selling the yellow jersey: the Tour de France in the global era. Edited by Eric Reed. Enterprise and Society, 19, 235-237.

Ferbrache, F. and 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. and 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. and Ferbrache, F. (2016) Evaluation of wider economic impacts of light rail investment on cities. Journal of Transport Geography, 54: 430-439.

Ferbrache, F. (2015) Alternative countrysides: anthropological approaches to rural Western Europe today edited by Jeremy MacClancy Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015, 186 pp + index, £75.00 hardback, ISBN 978-0-7190-9684-6. Area, 47(4): 486-487.

Ferbrache, F. (2015) Offshoring - By John Urry. Area, 47(2): 212-213.

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

Ferbrache, F. (2013) Le Tour de France: a cultural geography of a mega-event. Geography, 98: 144-151.

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.

Working Papers

Schwanen, T. & Ferbrache, F. (2017) Bibliography of Research on Bus Rapid Transit. Working Paper Series, Ref. 1068, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.


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