School of Geography

Shereen Fernandez

PhD student

Room Number: Geography Building, Room 218


Research interests

Geographies of belonging and integration; geographies of inclusion and exclusion; pre-emptive security and surveillance; Muslim communities and everyday life

PhD research 

Securitising Britishness - the impacts of the promotion of fundamental British values and the Prevent strategy on schools, teachers and Muslim communities in London

The Prevent strategy, along with the need to actively promote fundamental British values, is now a statutory duty in schools. Under Prevent, educational practitioners in nurseries and schools are now obliged to report any child or young person they believe could be susceptible to extremism or radicalisation, in an effort to pre-emptively stop children and young people from becoming potential violent extremists and terrorists. Schools are now regulated and inspected to ensure that they are instilling and promoting British values amongst their pupils due to an understanding that such values will produce a more cohesive society. This PhD project aims to explore the impacts of the Prevent strategy on teaching practices across schools in London, looking specifically at how teachers and other educational practitioners understand the strategy and fundamental British values. I will use qualitative methods to examine the realities of implementing both duties in schools and will also explore the ways in which the promotion of fundamental British values impacts on the sense of belonging of Muslim communities in the UK.

Academic background

  • 2008-2011: BA (Hons) Geography with First Class Honours, QMUL
  • 2012-2013: MA Social Anthropology with Distinction, SOAS
  • 2015-2016: MRes Geography with Distinction, QMUL


  • Fernandez, S. 2018. “Review: What is Islamophobia? Racism, social movements and the state”. Race & Class, Vol 59(3), pp. 111-113

Conference presentations

  • The Geographies of Prevent: From Muslim spaces to pre-crime spaces. Conference paper at University of Birmingham, March 2017
  • “The Muslim home as a pre-crime space?”- The University of Birmingham, March 2017
  • “The Emergence of fundamental British values and the question of difference in the UK”- University of Utrecht, October 2017
  • “The Making and Unmaking of Safe spaces for Muslim teachers in London”- Cardiff University, January 2018
  • “Securitised Encounters: how Muslim teachers engage with the Prevent Duty”- Birmingham University, February 2018


  • Teaching associate on GEG4002



  • ESRC 1+3 funding