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Lucy Barnes


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Prior to taking a post at the University of East Anglia, I held a lectureship at Kingston University (2010-2012).
I held the post of Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent (2008-2010)
I was teaching assistant at the University of Kent, as part of my studentship award (2005-2008)

Teaching Interests

My primary teaching interests lie in the areas of  the Law of Trusts, Land Law and Jurisprudence.  For 2013 I also teach on the Skills Development Module and the Law of Tort.

I am willing to supervise students in the following areas: Governance, Graffiti.


I am a lecturer in the Law of Trusts and Land Law at the University of East Anglia. Previously, I taught at Kingston University and the University of Kent at Canterbury in the areas of Trusts, Land Law, Public Law and English Legal Process. I completed my thesis “Performances of Law Under Postmodern Conditions” at the University of Kent in 2009, resulting in the award of my PhD without corrections. I hold an LLB (hons) in law, also from the University of Kent.

I have maintained a critical interest in how law operates in context, and collaborated on a number of projects which explore the effects of law upon the communities in which it operates. This has included activities such as working with academics in property law to compose a response to a Law Commission consultation on cohabitation, and I have delivered papers at themed conferences which explore the effect of policy focus within the law. These papers are as follows:

‘Figurations from Dystopia: J.G. Ballard and Urban Space’, during Open B stream at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, the University of Bristol, September 11th 2012. 

Localising Graffiti”, during the ‘Art, Culture, Heritage’ theme at the Socio-legal Studies Association conference in the University of De Montford, 4th April 2012.

Attended an invite-only British Academy funded workshop ‘Distributing Time and Space’, 07th November 2011, Kent. Investigating the extent to which any study of co-ops and mutuals is reliant on a particular inter-play between space and time, and investigating alternatives to this model.

Laughing all the Way to the Bank(sy): Situating Graffiti in the Built Environment’ at the Society of Legal Scholars Conference, 08th September 2011, Downing College, Cambridge University.            

Individualising the Big Society: We are all in this (for ourselves) together?’ at the Socio-Legal Studies Association conference, 12 – 14th April 2011, University of Sussex.

Access and Privilege: Law’s Intervention into Landlord/Tenant Relationships’, during ‘Housing Privatisation, 30 Years on: Time for a Critical Reappraisal’, 26th July 2010, University of Leeds.

Key Research Interests

My research interests lie in postmodern governance strategies and how these are manifest within areas of law.  I have a particular focus on how governance strategies encourage or discourage particular behaviours and uses of space, which I draw together as notions of 'performance'.

My work is largely informed through the work of 'continental' thinkers, who enable me to access law at its limits - where it is least perceptible through traditional legal methods.  In particular, the work of Lyotard, Foucault and Deleuze has enabled me to shape research strategies which provide an alternative perspective of law, through the multiplicity of experiences ratther than the singularity of a posited account.

I have an interest in areas of law that renders these alternative experiences visible.  Thus, I have researched in areas of social housing, anti-social behaviour, and graffiti through diverse research methodologies to provide perspectives on law as it affects vulnerable populations.  In addition, I have researched theoretical concepts of law through the device of 'law and literature'. I am currently completing a project on dystopia and the absence of classic juridical notions of 'law' through the work of JG Ballard.

Key Responsibilities

I am a member of the Law School's Admissions and Outreach Team.  I would be delighted to hear from any schools who may wish to receive a visit from an academic as part of our outreach scheme.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities