Sarah BecklakePost-Doctoral Research Fellow
My broad research interests include mobilities, development, security, and inequalities.
I am currently an ESRC-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working at the intersection of tourism and (in)securities. My current project, entitled ‘Touristic Competition, Securitisation, and the Creation of (In)Securities in Guatemala’, has been funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund.
Previous to this position, I worked as a Research Associate in the Centre for Mobilities Research on an EU-funded project looking at the role of ICT in public protection and disaster relief.
My current research focuses on touristic securitisation – the practice of securing tourists in attempts to secure tourism economies and development – and how it contributes to and/or challenges the goals of sustainable and ethical tourism forms.
I particularly explore how touristic securitisation is informed by and informing of intersecting inequalities, is increasingly enrolling new technologies, and the important and under-recognised role of non-profit development organisations. I argue for an approach to touristic securitisation that de-centres the tourist and instead focuses on providing security for all.
To date, my research has focused on Guatemala and Latin America more broadly.
Past Teaching Includes:
Gender and Women Studies GWS101 (Lancaster 2013-2014)
"Imaging the Body" SOCL317 (Lancaster, 2012)
'Introductory Sociology' SOCL101 (Lancaster, 2011-2012)
'The Feminist Economics of Trade' (Universität Kassel, 2008)
'Introduction to Globalization' (Universität Kassel, 2007-2008)
PhD in Sociology, Lancaster University, UK
Masters in Global Political Economy, Universität Kassel, Germany
University Exchange, Universidad de las Américas, Mexico
Bachelors in Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
I am currently funded by an ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017)
Past Awards Include:
Lancaster University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Research Studentship (2011-2014)
Canadian Bureau for International Education Scholarship (2006)
Simon Fraser University Undergraduate Open Scholarship (2005-2006)
Since 2007 I have been editing English language abstracts for the German Academic Journal 'Peripherie: Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt' (Münster, Germany).
Outside of my academic research, I have experience in teaching, policy analysis, editing, communications, grant writing and fundraising, administration, human resources and quality management, working in a non-profit development organization, as well as many years working in the hotel/restaurant industry.
Making 'Destino Guatemala': Everyday Enactments of Global Tourism Competition in La Antigua Guatemala
Professor Anne-Marie Fortier
Professor John Urry
ELSI guidelines for networked collaboration and information exchange in PPDR and risk governance
Buscher, M., Becklake, S.J., Easton, C.R., Kerasidou, C.X., Oliphant, R.S., Petersen, K.G., Jasmontaite, L., Paterour, O. 12/03/2016 In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. ISCRAM 12 p. ISBN: 9788460879848.
Making ‘destino Guatemala’: everyday enactments of ‘global tourism competition’ in La Antigua Guatemala
Becklake, S.J. 2016 Lancaster University. 356 p.