Dr Fiona Ferbrache
  • Research Associate in Transport Geography
  • College Lecturer, Keble College, Oxford


Fiona is a Research Associate at the Transport Studies Unit. She is also a Senior College Lecturer in Human Geography at Keble College, Oxford, and Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

Fiona undertook postgraduate studies in Social Science (Open University) and Research in Human Geography (University of Exeter), and completed her Ph.D. 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.

Human Geography is the field shaping Fiona's research interests around mobility and transport, and while her focus is on rail transport - particularly light rail systems - she maintains an interest in her earlier research field of international migration.

Connecting her academic interests with a wider audience, Fiona is news editor for Geography Directions: an associated internet site for RGS-IBG Journals and Wiley-Blackwell's Geography Compass.

Current Research

Fiona's research has always been shaped by the movement of people and mobile practices, and this has led her to the field of transport research. Most recently, Fiona completed a project (with Professor Richard Knowles of University of Salford) examining the economic impacts of light rail transit (LRT) on cities. This work was commissioned by UK Tram and presented to the Light Rail Parliamentary Group in June 2014, and the Department for Transport August 2014. Fiona's current research develops this work in two ways: first through exploring the role of LRT in Smart Growth initiatives and urban development strategies more generally; and second through initiatives to consider the place of rapid transit in provincial UK cities, such as Oxford.

Fiona is also engaged in a project developed by the Independent Transport Commission on the spatial impacts of High Speed Rail.


Fiona currently teaches on the prelim and Final Honours School Geography programmes at Keble College; geographical components of the Human Science undergraduate degree; and Human Geography at Oxford Brookes University where she convenes courses on Cultural Geographies of Nature, and Development and Social Change.


As part of student outreach, Fiona established a Geography blog for students and staff at Keble College.

Fiona is also News Editor for Geography Directions, an online site of the Royal Geographical Society.

Fiona has also written geographical articles and general advice on university life for her local newspaper in her home island of Guernsey.



Journal Articles

  • 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.

Recent presentations

  • Evaluating economic impacts of light rail on cities. RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, August 2014.
  • Evaluating economic impacts of light rail on cities. Department for Transport presentation. London, August 2014.
  • Economic Impacts on Cities of Investment in Light Rail Systems. International Geographical Union Conference: Krakow, Poland, August 2014.
  • An Investigation into the Economic Impacts on Cities of Investment in Light Rail Systems. House of Commons, London, June 2014.