Luke Desforges

Dr Luke Desforges PhD, FHEA

Academic Director


I am the Academic Director for Sheffield Hallam University in London, leading on the strategy and development of the academic offer at our London campus, which will encompass undergraduate, postgraduate, apprenticeship and professional development courses. The role also involves designing the academic delivery model, from the academic calendar to the student timetable, the staffing for teaching on the new campus, and the design of our teaching spaces. I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2012 and my roles have included Head of the Department of the Natural and Built Environment and, most recently, Associate Dean for Business and Enterprise in the College of Social Sciences and Arts. I started my career in Higher Education as a lecturer in the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, and have also previously worked at the University of Sheffield.


Luke contributes to teaching in Geography to Undergraduate students, including dissertation supervision and Academic Advising.


Luke’s academic background is in Geography. He has published research on the relationship between UK society and culture in terms of its impacts upon developing world countries. His research includes projects on the tourist cultures of long haul travel to Peru, the representation of global mobility at Ellis Island Museum of Migration in New York City, and the changing organisational reach of development charities in the UK. His research methods include qualitative data, ethnography and historical archive research. 

Rossiter, J.A., Gray, L., Raina, A., Morley, M. and Desforges, L. (2008) Making the Most of Intro Week. In: Arlett, C. and Dales, R. (eds.), EE2008: International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education Conference Proceedings. 54-66. 14-16 July, Loughborough, UK.

Desforges, L, Jones, R, and Woods, M, (2005) New Geographies of Citizenship. Citizenship Studies 9(5):439-451. 

Desforges, L, (2004) The Formation of Global Citizenship: International Development Non-Governmental Organisations in Britain. Political Geography 23: 549-569. 

Desforges, L, & Maddern, J, (2004) Front Door to Freedom, Portal to the Past: History at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York. Social and Cultural Geography 5(3): 437-457.

Desforges, L, & Jones, R, (2004) Learning Geography Bilingually, Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 28(3), 411-424. 

Crouch, D, & Desforges, L, (2003) The Sensuous in the Tourist Encounter: Introduction to the Power of the Body in Tourist Studies. Tourist Studies 3(1), pp 5-22. 

Jones, R, & Desforges, L, (2003) Localities and the reproduction of Welsh nationalism. Political Geography 22, pp 271-292. 

Desforges, L, (2001) Tourism consumption and the imagination of money. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 26(3), pp 353-364. 

Desforges, L, & Jones, R, (2001) Introduction: The geography of languages/The languages of geography. Social and Cultural Geography 2, pp 261-264. 

Desforges, L, & Jones, R, (2001) Bilingualism and geographical knowledge : a case study of students at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Social and Cultural Geography 2, pp 333-346 (2001). 

Desforges, L, (2000) Travelling the World : Identity and Travel Biography. Annals of Tourism Research 27(4), pp 926-945 (2000). 

Desforges, L, (2000) State tourism institutions and neo-liberal development: a case study of Peru. Tourism Geographies 2(2), pp 177-192. 

Desforges, L, and Jones, R, (2000) The production of national identity in Wales: higher education and the Welsh language. Contemporary Wales 13, pp 27-45. 

Desforges, L. (2003) Bananas and Citizens. In: Exchange Values (ed. S Sacks), pp 13-18. Oxford Brookes, Oxford. 

Desforges, L, (1999) Introduction to Travel and Tourism, in P. Cloke, P. Crang and M. Goodwin (Eds) Introducing Human Geographies. London: Arnold. 

Desforges, L, (1998) 'Checking Out the Planet': Global representations / local identities and youth travel, in T. Skelton and G. Valentine (Eds) Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Culture. London: Routledge.

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