School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Hugh Dauncey

Visiting Fellow



Dr Dauncey graduated in European Studies and Economics, before doing an MA in French Linguistics. He undertook a PhD on the politics of the French space programme. Before coming to Newcastle he worked in Bordeaux at the ESCAE, at the University of Bath, at the Université Paris 7 (Jussieu), and occasionally at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and the Assemblée Nationale in Paris.


BA European Studies (University of Bradford, First Class Honours)
MA European Languages (University of East Anglia, with Distinction)
PhD 'The Making of French Space Policy 1979-1994' (University of Bath)

Honours and Awards

I was appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2003) by the French Education Ministry, for 'services to French culture'.

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Research Interests

French/Francophone popular culture past and (especially) present: public policy and popular culture (especially television, radio, sport, music, new media).

Current Work

Ongoing research and writing on French and Francophone Videogames in transnational perspective.

Ongoing research and writing for a monograph on the social and cultural history of sites of sport in Paris.

Ongoing research and writing for a monograph on the material culture of French sport.

Organisation of linked international research projects on the Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and Giro d'Italia.

Organisation of a collaborative international research project on French Republican Values and sport.

Various other collaborative studies of French public policy relating to music and sport.

Research Roles

I am a chercheur associé of the IDHES, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris.