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Deirdre Conlon Dr Deirdre Conlon

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33350

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Work in progress

Internal Material Economies of Migrant Detention (2013 – ongoing)

Dr. Deirdre Conlon (Leeds) with Dr. Nancy Hiemstra (Stonybrook, NY) (co-investigators). 

This project examines the conditions under which internal economies of exchange develop and operate within migrant detention facilities. The project investigates the social, political and economic implications of demand among detained migrants for material goods such as phone cards, toiletries, and supplemental food items and provision of as well as ‘labour’ opportunities available in exchange for these goods. Initially focused on detention centres in the metro New York/New Jersey area, a larger multi-site project is planned.

Research Matchmaking: Linking the demand and supply of research with migrants (2013-2014)

Dr. Deirdre Conlon (Leeds), Dr. Nick Gill (Exeter) (co-investigators), ESRC Knowledge Exchange Grant

This project aims to develop the online architecture—specifically, a website and online forum for the exchange of ‘haves’ and ‘needs’ to connect the research needs of those in the migrant support community with the skills and interests of migration researchers. The site will also provide resources aimed at facilitating and navigating collaborative and participatory engagement practices.

Latino/a Engagement in Education Project (2012 –2013)

Deirdre Conlon (Saint Peter’s University, NJ), Professor David Surrey (Saint Peter’s University) (codirectors), William E. Simon Foundation ($50,000)

This ongoing community-focused project worked with community and religious organisations and local schools in Jersey City, New Jersey to facilitate Latino/a parent’s involvement in their middle and high school-aged student education; tasks included community outreach, development and implementation of workshops, seminars and ESL classes for parents and a mentoring program for Jersey City Latino/a youth.

Making asylum seekers legible and visible: An analysis of the dilemmas and mitigating strategies of asylum advocacy organisations in the UK and US (2010-2012)

Co-investigator with Dr. Nick Gill (Exeter) and Dr. Imogen Tyler (Lancaster), ESRC Small Grant £99,000 FEC

This cross national US/UK research project charted the challenges and successes of community, non-profit organizations engaged in supporting asylum seekers and migrants held in detention centres. See the project website here and view the final report here.

Among her publications is a collection of international research and scholarship titled

Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention’ (2013, Ashgate), co-edited with Dominique Moran (Birmingham) and Nick Gill (Exeter). For a review see Antipode Aug. 2013.

Carceral Spaces - Book cover


Conlon is also working as guest editor (with Nick Gill) on a forthcoming special issue on ‘Migration and Activism’ for ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies