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Dr Kathryn Cassidy

Associate Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

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Kathryn Cassidy is a feminist political geographer and activist, whose work explores two key themes: bordering, governance and belonging and labour, punishment and carcerality.

My work focuses on the ways in which borders and the processes and practices through which they are (re)made have moved from the margins into the centre of contemporary social and political life. This research primarily emanates from a collaboration with colleagues from the EUBorderscapes (2012-2016) project. More recently, I have been focused on understanding the ways in which new solidarities are emerging to challenge and resist the extension of bordering practices into everyday life, i.e. new processes of dis/b/ordering, which is the subject of a forthcoming monograph of the same title. In addition, I have also explored the carceral and punitive elements of life for migrants in the global north.

I did my undergraduate studies in geography at the University of Nottingham, before moving on to study for an interdisciplinary MA at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL in 1999-2000. After a few years of working in the private sector, I returned to academia in 2005 to complete an MA and PhD at the University of Birmingham, which were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and incorporated language training and fieldwork in Ukraine and Romania.

I taught at the University of Birmingham in the 2006-2007 academic year and whilst carrying out research in Ukraine, I also gave a series of lectures at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine. I was a research fellow at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Romania from January to July 2009. Prior to joining Northumbria in September 2013, I worked in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London, initially as a Teaching Fellow and then as a Lecturer in Human Geography.

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Ellison Building, B302
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • anthropology PhD The Informal Economies of the Ukrainian-Romanian Boerlands July 29 2011
  • Information not provided Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBS) 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Bordering, Yuval-Davis, N., Wemyss, G., Cassidy, K. Jun 2019
  • Where can I get free? Everyday Bordering, Everyday Incarceration, Cassidy, K. 1 Mar 2019, In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • Everyday bordering, healthcare and the politics of belonging in contemporary Britain, Cassidy, K. 30 Oct 2018, Borderless worlds – for whom?, Taylor & Francis
  • 'Beauty and the Beast': Sham Marriage and Everyday Bordering Discourse, Wemyss, G., Yuval-Davis, N., Cassidy, K. Sep 2018, In: Political Geography
  • Debordering and everyday (re)bordering in and of Dover: Post-borderland borderscapes, Cassidy, K., Yuval-Davis, N., Wemyss, G. Sep 2018, In: Political Geography
  • Intersectional Border(ing)s, Cassidy, K., Yuval-Davis, N., Wemyss, G. Sep 2018, In: Political Geography
  • Everyday Bordering, Belonging and the Reorientation of British Immigration Legislation, Yuval-Davis, N., Wemyss, G., Cassidy, K. 1 Apr 2018, In: Sociology
  • The punitive trap: Punishment and labour market controls for migrants, Cassidy, K. Feb 2018, Punishment: Negotiating Society
  • Brexit and New Autochthonic Politics of Belonging, Cassidy, K., Innocenti, P., Burkner, H. 2018, In: Space and Polity
  • Racialized Bordering Discourses on European Roma, Yuval-Davis, N., Wemyss, G., Cassidy, K. 27 Sep 2017

PGR Supervision

  • Inga Freimane Activism in Ukraine after Euromaidan: A Feminist Approach Start: 10/08/2015
  • Inga Freimane Start: 10/08/2015
  • Maria Dubrova Start: 01/10/2018


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