Dominique Moran’s research and teaching is in the new sub-discipline of ‘carceral geography’, a geographical perspective on incarceration. She currently holds ESRC funding for research into prison visitation and recidivism in the UK, has recently completed an interdisciplinary ESRC research project looking into women’s experience of imprisonment in contemporary Russia, is author of the forthcoming book 'Carceral Geography: Prisons, Power and Space' and an editor of the forthcoming collection ‘Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention’. Her work is transdisciplinary, informed by and extending theoretical developments in geography, criminology and prison sociology, but also interfacing with contemporary debates over hyperincarceration, recidivism and the advance of the punitive state. She publishes in leading journals including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2006 (Birmingham)
DPhil in Geography 2001 (Oxford)
BA(Hons) Class I in Geography 1995 (Oxford)
Dominique Moran studied Geography at Oxford, graduating in 1995 with a First Class BA (Hons), and in 2000 with a D.Phil (thesis title: Russia's Emerging Margins - the Transition in the north of Perm oblast). Her PhD work was amongst the first to explore post-socialist transformation in the geographically marginal areas of the Russian near-North. She carried out fieldwork in former 'special settlements', part of the Stalinist Gulag, and in communities proximate to contemporary prison colonies.
She then moved to a Research Fellowship at Warwick Business School (2000-01) working on social exclusion and organisational change in the UK funded by the (then) UK Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and the Social Exclusion Unit, before joining the International Development Department, at the University of Birmingham where she was Lecturer in Rural Poverty and Development until 2004. At IDD she carried out policy-oriented research into HIV/AIDS, governance reform and service delivery, primarily for the UK Department for International Development, and worked closely with DfID Governance Advisors in country offices.
Dominique joined the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2004, and is also a member of the Global Prisons Research Network, a multi-disciplinary network for scholars worldwide researching prisons and other institutions of confinement – from the everyday life of specific institutions, to the wider political impact of penal policy changes.
Dominique held a Visiting Fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, in 2011.
Visit Dominique’s own carceral geography site at www.carceralgeography.com
Year 2 Cultural Geographies
Year 2 Berlin Field Course
Year 3 Geographies of Incarceration
Dominique’s teaching is research-led, student-centred and has been recognised as high quality via the 2009 Head of School’s and Head of College’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning, GEES and LES, University of Birmingham. Dominique holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert), Birmingham 2006 and has published the following peer-reviewed teaching publications:
Moran, D & Round, J (2010) A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma: Teaching post-socialist transformation to UK students in Moscow, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 34(2) 265-282 Available for download
Moran, D (2009) Teaching post-socialism, twenty years on, Planet (22) 39-41 Available for download
Current Doctoral Researchers
Thom Davies (ESRC studentship) Marginalised communities and governance in Chernobyl, Ukraine (with John Round and Rosie Day)
Tihomir Topuzowski (School Studentship and Overseas College Studentship), Instrumental territorialisation of the Western Balkans (with Stefan Buzar and Lauren Andres)
Eleanor Harrowell (ESRC Studentship) Mapping Memories: Improving post-conflict reconstruction through understanding collective memory of conflict (with Jon Coaffee)
Peter McMenamin (AHRC Studentship) Rethinking, space, landscapes and aesthetics in conditions of contestation: The changing nature of cultural iconography in Derry, 1970-2013 (with Jon Coaffee)
Joanna Zhou (Ford Foundation Studentship) Governance and Environmental Management in China (with Chris Bradley and Julian Clark)
Tom Disney (ESRC Studentship) Orphan Care and Imprisonment in the Russian Federation (with Phil Jones and Jeremy Morris)
Catherine Harris, (School Studentship) Entrepreneurship amongst Polish migrants in the West Midlands (with John Bryson)
Georgina Henricksen, (ESRC/CASE Studentship) Understanding the Competitiveness of Business and Professional Service Firms located in the Birmingham City-Region, Submitted 2011 (with Peter Daniels)
Katsiaryna Padvalkava (PhD awarded March 2012) (School Studentship), Geography of Pensions and Ageing in Belarus (with John Round)
Chantal Hales (PhD awarded, June 2008) Women's Entrepreneurship in Senegal (with John Bryson and Peter Daniels)
Dominique's previous research has advanced geographical enquiry into poverty, marginalisation, and HIV/AIDS. Drawing in funding from the ESRC and the British Academy, as well as from UK government departments and non-governmental organisations, it has spanned geographical contexts as diverse as the former Soviet Union, UK local government and countries of the developing world, and has addressed issues of direct policy relevance such as social exclusion, governance reform and public health.
Her current interdisciplinary work in carceral geography is defining a new field, engaging with criminology, legal studies, prison sociology and psychology to explore carceral practices in a variety of contexts including the UK, Finland and the Russian Federation.
She has recently been awarded an ESRC grant for a project entitled 'Breaking the Cycle? Prison Visitation and Recidivism in the UK', to be undertaken with criminological psychologist Louise Dixon (Birmingham). This 3-year interdisciplinary project will provide a new perspective on prison visitation and its relationship to the highly topical issue of recidivism. Macro-level statistical analysis in parallel with innovative mixed-methods research into visiting facilities will identify the nature of this relationship and its socio-spatial context, informing policy towards visitation and the design of visiting spaces, and contributing to broader debates about prisoner rehabilitation and resettlement.
Along with Mary Bosworth (Oxford), Imogen Tyler (Lancaster) and Alexandra Hall (York), she has also recently been awarded funding from the ESRC for a Seminar Series led by Nick Gill (Exeter) to explore everyday resistance in immigrant detention, involving international speakers from the US, Canada and Australia. The seminars will run in 2012-14, and one event will be held at GEES, University of Birmingham.
Dominique's current and previous research activities have been supported as follows:
2012-2015 ESRC 'Breaking the Cycle: Prison Visitation and Recidivism in the UK' £361,000
2012-2014 ESRC Seminar Series 'Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigrant Detention' £17,990
2011 Visiting Fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki 'Welfare, Gender and Agency: Women's Imprisonment in Russia' c4,500 Euro
2006-2010 ESRC 'Women in the Russian Penal System: The role of distance in the theory and practice of imprisonment in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia' £303,552
2009-2010 Commission of the European Communities (Marie Curie) 'Changing attitudes towards living natural resources in the Russian/Soviet Empire and the exchange of knowledge with Europe: an environmental history perspective'. 127,158 Euro
2009 Head of School and Head of College's Award for Excellence in Supporting Student Learning £1000
2006-2008 British Academy 'The Cultural Landscape as a Heritage Feature: A comparative study of the UK and Russia' £47,122
2004-2005 UK Department for International Development 'Non-State Delivery of Services' £81,632
2004 UK Department for International Development 'Governance Reform' £54,138
2002 British Academy 'The Kremlin Stars and Soviet Ideology' £2,032
2000-2001 UK Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions 'Better Value Development Programme' (Research Fellow)
2000-2001 UK Social Exclusion Unit/Joseph Rowntree Foundation 'Local Authorities and Social Exclusion' (Research Fellow)
1996-2000 ESRC Postgraduate Studentship, University of Oxford
1996-2000 Mortimer May Senior Scholarship, Hertford College, University of Oxford
In January 2013 Dominique addressed the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She has also recently given a keynote address at the University of Oulu Department of Geography, in western Finland, and has spoken at the International Glasgow/Helsinki Workshop (University of Glasgow/University of Helsinki), and given seminars at the University of Glasgow Central and East European Studies Unit 'West Coast Seminars' Series, at the Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki), the University of Oulu, and in the University of Aberystwyth 'Dialogues in Human Geography' Research Seminar Series.
She has co-organised (with Shaul Cohen) a series of linked sessions at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), to be held in Los Angeles, CA in April 2013. These sessions, themed around carceral geography, support the ongoing development of her work on carceral practices; she has recently peer-reviewed for the UK Ministry of Justice, and is undertaking interdisciplinary research activity in collaboration with the MoJ and local prison institutions in the West Midlands.
Dominique co-organised a series of nine linked sessions, a 1.5 day mini-conference within the 2011 AAG conference, in Seattle, WA, exploring Mobilities, Borders and Confinement, (including 'Confinement as Mobility'; 'Mobility and Exclusion' and 'Place and Fixity') following two sessions organised at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Washington DC ('Penal Experience in Comparative Perspective' and 'Inside, between and beyond carceral spaces'). Previously, she has given invited presentations in Chicago, IL, and to a World Bank/UK DfID international workshop in Dubai, UAE.
Dominique sits on the National Advisory Board of Europe-Asia Studies, and has been invited to review for prominent Geography journals including Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Environment & Planning:A; Geoforum; Geopolitics; and Gender, Place & Culture, leading Area Studies journals including Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics; Sociology journals including International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, leading criminology journals such as Theoretical Criminology; and for interdisciplinary journals such as Social Science and Medicine and International Journal of Health Geographics.She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the TerrFerme 2013 Conference "Confinement viewed through the prism of the social sciences", Pessac, France; has also refereed for the AHRC, the ESRC, and for the UK Ministry of Justice, and is an international peer reviewer for the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia.
Key publications since 2004
See a full list of key publications from 2001 onwards (PDF - 537KB)
Bogumił, Z, D Moran & E Harrowell (under review) 'Sacred or Secular? ‘Memorial’, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Contested Commemoration of Soviet Repressions' Europe-Asia Studies
Moran, D, J Pallot & L Piacentini (forthcoming) Privacy in Penal Space: Women’s Imprisonment in Russia Geoforum
Harris, C, D Moran & J R Bryson (forthcoming 2014) Polish Labour Migration to the UK: Data Discrepancies, Migrant Distributions and Entrepreneurial Activity Growth and Change
Moran, D (forthcoming 2014) Carceral Geography: Prisons, Power and Space. Ashgate, Aldershot
Moran, D (forthcoming 2013) Leaving Behind the 'Total Institution'? Teeth, TransCarceral Spaces and (Re)Inscription of the Formerly Incarcerated Body Gender, Place & Culture
Moran, D, N Gill & D Conlon (Eds.) (April 2013) Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention. Ashgate, Farnham ISBN 978-1-4094-4269-1
Moran, D, L Piacentini & J Pallot (forthcoming 2013) 'Liminal transcarceral space: Prison Transportation for Women in the Russian Federation' in Moran, D, N Gill & D Conlon (Eds) Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention. Ashgate, Farnham
Milhaud, O & D Moran (forthcoming 2013) 'Penal Space and Privacy in French and Russian Prisons' in Moran, D, N Gill & D Conlon (Eds) Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention. Ashgate, Farnham
Moran, D, D Conlon & N Gill (forthcoming 2013) 'Carceral Spaces: Linking Imprisonment and Migrant Detention' in Moran, D, N Gill & D Conlon (Eds) Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention Ashgate, Farnham
Gill, N, D Conlon & D Moran (forthcoming 2013) 'Dialogues across Carceral Space: Migration, Mobility, Space and Agency' in Moran, D, N Gill & D Conlon (Eds) Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention, Ashgate, Farnham
Moran, D (2013 in press) 'Between Outside and Inside? Prison Visiting Rooms as Liminal Carceral Spaces' GeoJournal Available for download
Moran, D (2013) Carceral Geography and the Spatialities of Prison Visiting: Visitation, Recidivism and Hyperincarceration Environment and Planning D: Society and Space View pre-print
Moran, D (2012) 'Prisoner Reintegration and the Stigma of Prison Time Inscribed on the Body' Punishment & Society 14 5 564-583
Moran, D (2012) 'Doing Time' in Carceral Space: TimeSpace and Carceral Geography Geografiska Annaler B 94, 4, 305-316
Moran, D & A Keinänen (2012) 'The ‘Inside’ and ‘Outside’ of Prisons: Carceral Geography and Home Visits for Prisoners in Finland' Fennia - International Journal of Geography
Moran, D, L Piacentini & J Pallot (2012) ‘Disciplined Mobility and Carceral Geography: Prisoner Transport in Russia’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37, 446-460 Available for download. See a blog related to this publication in 'Geography Directions'
Harris C, D Moran & J R Bryson (2012) EU Accession Migration: National Insurance Number Allocations and the Geographies of Polish Labour Immigration to the UK Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie 103 2 209-221 Available for download
Moran, D, J Pallot & L Piacentini (2012) Rikoksen ja rangaistuksen maantiede Venäjällä (Crime and Punishment in Russia)' Idäntutkimus:The Finnish Review of East European Studies 1/2012, 3-24
Moran, D, J Pallot & L Piacentini (2011) The Geography of Crime and Punishment in the Russian Federation Eurasian Geography and Economics 52 1 79-104. Available for download from Bellwether
Pallot, J, L Piacentini & D Moran (2010) Patriotic Discourses in Russia’s Penal Peripheries: Remembering the Mordovian Gulag in Europe-Asia Studies 62 1 1-33. Available for download
Piacentini, L, J Pallot & D Moran (2009) Creating 'Malaya Rodina' (Little Homeland): Transportation, Gender and Penal Order in a Russian Prison, Social and Legal Studies 18 4 523-542. Available for download
Moran, D, J Pallot & L Piacentini (2009) Lipstick, Lace & Longing: Constructions of Femininity inside a Russian Prison, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 27 4 700-720 Available for download
Moran, D (2008) Hewn from Stone: (Re)Presenting Soviet Material Cultures and Identities. Journal of Social History, 41 3 591-610. Available for download from Project Muse
Moran, D & J A Jordaan (2007) HIV/AIDS in Russia: Determinants of Regional Prevalence. International Journal of Health Geographics 6 22. Available for download from IJ Health Geographics
Moran D (2006) "Soviet cartography set in stone: the "Map of Industrialization" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 24 5 671-689. Available for download from Environment & Planning
Moran, D (2005) The Geography of HIV/AIDS in Russia: Risk and Vulnerability in Transition. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 46 7 525-551. Available for download from Bellwether
Moran, D (2004) Exile in the Soviet forest: 'special settlers' in northern Perm' Oblast Journal of Historical Geography, issue 2. Available for download from Science Direct