Supervisors: Dr Dominique Moran, Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill, Professor Peter Kraftl (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Professor Yvonne Jewkes (Criminology, University of Leicester)
Ellie Slee is an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher, focusing on the external aesthetics of UK prisons.
Whilst prison siting has been a contested topic for US geographers for years, in the UK the phenomenon of extra urban super prisons is a relatively new one. This research examines two of Her Majesty’s biggest prisons, Strangeways, a Victorian city centre prison and a new prison in North Wales, currently under construction. Based on a mixture of archival research and qualitative interviews with community members from the prisons’ surrounding areas, it will draw together criminology, architectural and carceral geographies and design history.