DR Rachel Hughes

DR Rachel Hughes


  • Cultural, Political, Legal and Development Geography (public memory, internationalised criminal tribunals, justice and reparation, critical geopolitics, visual culture, material culture and museums)
  • Urban Geography (shading liveable cities, shade and social justice)



  • Rachel is cultural and political geographer with wide-ranging interests in the geographies of law, geopolitics, social memory and visual and material cultures. Her prior research has examined issues of memory, justice and geopolitics in reference to late twentieth century Cambodia. She is the author of a number of book chapters and journal articles on the contested and internationalised memory of the Cambodian genocide, and an editor of the collection Observant States: geopolitics and visual culture (IB Tauris, London, 2010). Lately she has examined the United Nations-assisted international criminal tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge Tribunal).   


Member of

  • Association of American Geographers. Member 2015 -
  • Institute of British Geographers. Member 2015 -
  • Institute of Australian Geographers. Member 2003 -


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Additional Grant Information

  • Rachel is currently a postdoctoral research fellow. Her ARC (DECRA) project is titled 'Where is the justice? Theorising the legacy of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal'. This study seeks to advance theories that explain the social and political effects of international criminal tribunals. It is widely claimed that international tribunals, in addition to providing legal justice, work to enhance the rule of law, respect for human rights and national reconciliation in post-conflict contexts. Taking the Khmer Rouge Tribunal as its case, this innovative study aims to critically analyse such claims by interrogating the non-judicial legacies of documentation, memorialisation and the provision of collective reparations. These key non-judicial legacies will be examined in and through popular and political discourse, government policy and practice, and donor-supported non-government projects.   


Education and training

  • BA (Hons), University of Sydney
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2007

Awards and honors

  • Institute of Australian Geographers, 1997



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