Dominique's interdisciplinary research in carceral geography has defined 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, Norway, Denmark and the Russian Federation.
Her work to date has explored the experience of carceral spaces, and their design, and her future research plans include projects exploring the ethics of correctional architecture, and the sustainability of prisons with green accreditation or ‘ecolabels’.
She currently holds funding for three active research projects:
Breaking the Cycle? Prison Visitation and Recidivism in the UK is an ESRC-funded project with criminological psychologist Louise Dixon (Psychology, Birmingham) and Post-Doctoral Researcher Marie Hutton (GEES). This 3-year interdisciplinary project provides 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 identifies 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.
‘Fear-suffused environments’ or potential to rehabilitate? Prison architecture, design and technology and the lived experience of carceral spaces, is another ESRC-funded project, with criminologist Yvonne Jewkes, and post-doctoral researcher Jen Turner (both U.Leicester), looking at prison design in the UK, Norway and Denmark. The project addresses two over-arching questions – how are penal aims and philosophies (that is, what prison is ‘for’) expressed in prison architecture and design, and how effective is prison architecture, design and technology (ADT) in conveying and delivering that penal purpose? The project studies: the process of designing new prison buildings in order to understand what it is that architects are asked to deliver and how they achieve this; and ADT’s impacts and effects on a range of end users, focusing on the experience of occupying and moving in and around prison spaces, in relation to prisoners’ quality of life and wellbeing, perceptions of penal legitimacy, compliance with the regime, prisoner-staff relations, staff work satisfaction and so on.
Prison Visitation and Recidivism in Northern Ireland is a project funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) at the University of Birmingham. Through two IAA awards, research-impact activity is taking place between the ‘Breaking the Cycle’ project team and the Northern Ireland Prison Service, around improving the effectiveness of prison visitation to reduce reoffending.
Dominique's current and previous research activities have been supported as follows:
2015 ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Secondment Grant for work with the Northern Ireland Reducing Offending Directorate, and Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) £19,924
2014-15 ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Urgency Grant for work with the Northern Ireland Reducing Offending Directorate, and Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) £2,180
2014-2017 ESRC 'Fear-suffused environments’ or potential to rehabilitate? Prison architecture, design and technology and the lived experience of carceral spaces £728,000
"Milieux de mémoirein Eastern Europe", led by Dr Zuzanna Bogumił Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej im. Marii Grzegorzewskiej; Wydział Stosowanych Nauk Społecznych Poland 196,660 PLN (c£39k)
2012-2016 ESRC 'Breaking the Cycle: Prison Visitation and Recidivism in the UK' £361,000
2012-2015 ESRC Seminar Series 'Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigrant Detention' £17,990
2011 Visiting Fellowship, 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
Dominique has recently given invited talks at the University of Glasgow, both in their Troubling Institutions: Exploring Spaces of Security and Care event, and in a departmental seminar for the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Later his year she will also speak at the University of Exeter, and has been invited to give a lecture in the interdisciplinary programme Space - Society - Economy at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Bavaria. She will also be speaking at the Tower of London as part of the Curious connections… design and punishment event arranged by Historic Royal Palaces. In March 2014 Dominique addressed the Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Toronto, in their Speaker Series. Previously she has spoken at the 2013 TerrFerme Conference "Confinement viewed through the prism of the social sciences" in Bordeaux, France, at the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and at numerous UK and international University departments.
With Jen Turner (University of Leicester), Dominique is currently coorganising a series of seven linked sessions on carceral geography at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2015 annual conference in Chicago. With Anna Schliehe (University of Glasgow) she recently coorganised three themed sessions on carceral geography at the 2014 annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).
Dominique organised an ESRC seminar at the University of Birmingham in June 2014. Part of a series entitled “Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigration Detention” the theme of the seminar was “Research and the Relations between Prison and Detention”. Speakers from Kings College London, the University of Oxford, and CNRS – Université Bordeaux 3, France, spoke about the methodological issues and challenges of research in constrained contexts.
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 was a member of the Scientific Committee of the TerrFerme 2013 Conference "Confinement viewed through the prism of the social sciences", Bordeaux, France; has also refereed for the AHRC, the ESRC, the RGS-IBG, and for the UK Ministry of Justice, and is an international peer reviewer for the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. She has recently peer-reviewed for the UK Ministry of Justice.
See a full list of key publications from 2001 onwards (PDF - 537KB)
Jewkes, Y & D Moran (forthcoming) The paradox of the ‘green’ prison: sustaining the environment or sustaining the penal complex? Theoretical Criminology
Moran, D (forthcoming 2016) Spatialization and Carceral Geographies in Carrabine, E & M Brown [Eds] The Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology Routledge, London
Jewkes, Y, D Moran & E Slee (forthcoming 2016) Prison Aesthetics and Anaesthetics in Carrabine, E & M Brown [Eds] The Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology Routledge, London
Morin, K & D Moran (forthcoming 2015) [Eds] Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past Routledge, London
Morin, K & D Moran (forthcoming 2015) Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past, in Morin, K & D Moran (forthcoming 2015) [Eds] Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past Routledge, London
Moran, D & K Morin (forthcoming 2015) Historical Carceral Geographies: Afterword, in Morin, K & D Moran (forthcoming 2015) [Eds] Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past Routledge, London
Moran, D (forthcoming 2015) Carceral Geographies The Wiley – AAG International Encyclopaedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology
Moran, D (2015) Budgie Smuggling or Doing Bird? Human-Animal Interactions in Carceral Space: Prison(er) Animals as Abject and Subject Social and Cultural Geography [in early view] doi: 10.1080/14649365.2014.1001429
Moran, D, Y Jewkes & J Turner (forthcoming 2015) Prison Design and Carceral Space in Handbook on Prisons 2nd Edn ed. Y Jewkes, J Bennett & B Crewe, Routledge, London.
Bogumił, Z, D Moran & E Harrowell (forthcoming 2015) Sacred or Secular? ‘Memorial’, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Contested Commemoration of Soviet Repressions Europe-Asia Studies
Harris, C, D Moran & J R Bryson (2014) Polish Labour Migration to the UK: Data Discrepancies, Migrant Distributions and Entrepreneurial Activity Growth and Change DOI: 10.1111/grow.12087
Moran, D & Y Jewkes (2014) ‘Green’ Prisons: Rethinking the ‘Sustainability’ of the Carceral Estate Geographica Helvetica 69 345-353
Jewkes, Y & D Moran (2014) Should Prison Architecture be Brutal, Bland or Beautiful? Scottish Justice Matters 2, 1, 8-11
Moran, D (2014) Leaving Behind the 'Total Institution'? Teeth, TransCarceral Spaces and (Re)Inscription of the Formerly Incarcerated Body Gender, Place & Culture 21, 1, 35-51
Moran, D, J Pallot & L Piacentini (2013) Privacy in Penal Space: Women’s Imprisonment in Russia Geoforum 47, 138-146
Moran, D, N Gill & D Conlon (Eds.) (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 (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 109-126
Milhaud, O & D Moran (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 167-182
Moran, D, D Conlon & N Gill (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 DetentionAshgate, Farnham 1-12
Gill, N, D Conlon & D Moran (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 239-248
Moran, D (2013) 'Between Outside and Inside? Prison Visiting Rooms as Liminal Carceral Spaces' GeoJournal 78 (2) 339-351 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 31 (1) 174-190
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 190 (2) 62-76
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
Moran, D (2001) Exile and exclusion – the legacy of Soviet forestry for villages in the north of Perm Oblast GeoJournal 54 541-547
Moran, D (2001) Forestry villages in the Russian North – social capital and subsistence at the margins Belgeo: Revue Belge de Geographie 3 199-213
Pallot, J, & D Moran (2000) Surviving the Margins in Post-Soviet Russia: Forestry Villages in Northern Perm' Oblast Post-Soviet Geography and Economics 41 5 341-364