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Deirdre Conlon Dr Deirdre Conlon

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33350

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Research overview

Deirdre Conlon is lecturer in critical human geography.  Her work engages the tensions around migration and policies and practices designed to manage immigration. This includes a focus on immigration detention, border enforcement, and local, everyday enforcement practices where carceral spaces proliferate; critical engagement with legal and governmental frameworks that gird citizenship and immigration; and examination of the everyday material and social consequences of ‘fortessing’ and ‘securitization’ as well as activism and advocacy aimed at contesting the inequalities and injustices that coincide with these policies and practices. 


Latest publications

  • (2017) Intimate Economies of Immigration Detention: Critical Perspectives, Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy, 214, Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy.
  • Hiemstra N; Conlon D (2017) Beyond privatization: bureaucratization and the spatialities of immigration detention expansion, Territory, Politics, Governance, 5, pp.252-268. doi: 10.1080/21622671.2017.1284693
  • Conlon D; Hiemstra N (2016) Mobility and materiality of the carceral: examining immigration and immigration detention, Carceral Mobilities Interrogating Movement in Incarceration, Routledge.
  • Conlon D; Gill N (2015) Guest editorial: Interventions in migration and activism, ACME, 14, pp.442-451.
  • Conlon DB (2015) Becoming Public, In: Gambs D; Kim R (Ed) Women on the Role of Public Higher Education: Personal Reflections from CUNY's Graduate Center, Palgrave.

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