Staff Profile


Dr Sarah Lieberman

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: St Martins Priory

Tel: 01227 923856

Profile summary

Dr Sarah Lieberman is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations with a research focus on European regulation and outer space policy. Sarah is a member of UACES, where she is part of the European Space Policy research group; and BISA, with the Space Research Group. She has published widely on space policy – discussing its place in security, military, economic structures and culture. In 2017, Dr Lieberman won funding from the Independent Social Research Fund (ISRF) to conduct research into the International Political Economy of space and in April 2018 organised an international workshop at CCCU in conjunction with prestigious French business school - ESSCA.

Sarah also works on European policy making, and has been involved in discussions with the UK recruitment sector, the organic sector and the grain import industry advising on post-Brexit regulation strategies.

Dr Lieberman sits on the steering group for European Review of International Studies (ERIS). This journal has been running since 2013 and provides a cross European forum for established and new academics.

Dr Lieberman teaches all levels of students in politics and IR. She is responsible for academic skills modules at foundation and undergraduate level; Reimagining Europe at undergraduate level; and Contemporary Security modules at third year undergraduate and Masters level. Sarah gained funding from the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Erasmus+ funding stream to enhance the student experience, which has allowed her to take students on field trips to Brussels; the Somme battlefields; and Strasbourg.  Sarah is interested in pedagogy and has published work on the use of social media in HE teaching.

Having gained her PhD on the European regulation of genetically modified crops and foods at Newcastle University in June 2007, Sarah started work at Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2007.

Research and knowledge exchange

Independent Social Research Fund (ISRF): The International Political Economy of outer space May 2017 - May 2018 

Teaching and subject expertise

Sarah has been nominated for the Student Union's annual Golden Apple Award every year since 2012. 

External activities

Sarah Lieberman "Throwing the baby out with the bath water? Brexit. space and what comes next." ESSCA Annual Conference Canterbury 19th April 2018 

Sarah Lieberman “The EU’s space strategy: to what extent can the EU provide and promote an autonomous space and (space) security policy?” UACES Annual Conference Krakow September 2017 

Sarah Lieberman “Brexit and the UK Job Market” UACES Annual Conference Krakow September 2017

Sarah Lieberman “Satellite Security: hegemonic defence structures and their impact on the European Union” BISA Annual Conference Brighton June 2017

Sarah Lieberman “European Space Policy: Trump, populism and autonomy” ESSCA Annual Conference Cambridge April 2017

Sarah Lieberman “Space Popularisation and Cultural Imperialism” Presented at the UACES Annual Conference London September 2016

Sarah Lieberman “From Lippershey to Rosetta: Europe’s Contribution to the Popularisation of Space” Presented at the ESSCA Annual Conference Rome April 2016

Sarah Lieberman “Strange Spaces: An International Political Economy Analysis of Space Exploration” Presented at the 2015 UACES Conference Bilbao September 2015

Sarah Lieberman “Comitology: EU Actorness on agricultural biotechnology: what lies beneath?” Presented at the 2015 UACES Conference Bilbao September 2015

Sarah Lieberman “How Supermarkets Decide What We Eat: The Curious Cases of GMOs and Horsemeat” Presented at the 2014 UACES Conference, Cork, 2nd September 2014

Sarah Lieberman “Integrating formative assessment into curriculum based learning” Presented at The 1st European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies, Maastricht, 27th June 2014

Sarah Lieberman “Using Facebook as a Learning Tool” Presented at the Teaching European Studies Post-Lisbon Conference, London Metropolitan University, 12th May 2011

Sarah Lieberman, Anthony Zito “Government and Governance in European GMO Policy” presented at the Brocher Foundation Conference ‘Regulating Next Generation Genomics: Emerging Agricultural Biotechnology Governance Challenges’, Geneva, Switzerland, 8-9 July 2010.

Sarah Lieberman, Tim Gray and AJR Groom “Moratorium: in search of a concept in an environmental context” Presented (by AJR Groom) at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro Campus (PUC-Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2009

Lieberman, S and Taylor, K (2005) “Participatory Decision Making: A comparative analysis of the public debates on GMOs conducted in France and Britain” Conference paper presented July 2005, Interdisciplinary Net Conference: Environmental Justice & Global Citizenship

Publications and research outputs

Lieberman, S (2017) “Understanding our changing relationship with space” Space Policy Vol41 53-59

Lieberman, S (2017) “Strange Spaces: an International Political Economy reading of operational space programmes” in Theorising European Space Policy eds Hoerber and Sigalas.

Lieberman (2017) “PM Hopes election result will unite party over Brexit” Kentish Gazette, 20th April 2017

Lieberman (2016) Book Review: European Foreign Affairs Review William Phelan ‘In Place of Inter-State Retaliation: The EU’s Rejection of WTO Trade Sanctions and Trade Remedies’

Lieberman, S (2016) “Are the days of innovation over?” Room: the Space Journal, #2(8)2016

Lieberman, S (2014) “Using Facebook as an Interactive Learning Environment in European Political Studies” EPS Vol13:1 pp23-31

Lieberman, S and Zito, A (2012) “Contested Frames: Comparing EU versus US GMO Policy” eds. Howlett and Laycock, Regulating Next Generation Agri-Food Biotechnologies, Routledge, London 

Lieberman, S; Gray, T and Groom, AJR (2012) “Moratoria in international politics: a comparative analysis of the moratoria on genetically modified products and commercial whaling” British Journal of Politics and International Relations Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 518–533, November 2012 

Lieberman, S and Gray, T (2008) “The impact on developing countries of the tension between the USA and the EU over GMOs: opportunity or threat?” British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 10(3) 395-412 

Lieberman, S and Gray, T (2008) “The World Trade Organisation’s Report on the EU’s Moratorium on Biotech Products: the wisdom of the US challenge to the EU in the WTO” Global Environmental Politics 8(1)

Lieberman, S and Gray, T (2007) “The role of myths in the conflict between the USA and the EU over genetically modified organisms” European Environment 17, 376-386 

Lieberman, S and Gray, T (2006) “The so-called ‘moratorium’ on the licensing of new genetically modified (GM) products by the European Union 1998-2004: a study in ambiguity” Environmental Politics, 15(4), 592-609


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