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Research interests

Dr. Deanna Dadusc is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Humanities and Social Science.

Her research critically analyses the criminalisation of social movements in Europe, including the criminalisation of migrants' mutul aid, solidarity and 'facilitation' of migration. In previous years, she dedicated her work to the criminalisation of housing struggles. Her research draws on critical approaches to criminology addressing state, corporate and border violence from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. Informed by active engagement in social and political struggles, Deanna's research attempts to bring together analyses and practices of prison abolition and border abolition.

Together with Aila Spathopoulou and Camille Gendrot, Deanna co-coordinates the Migrations and Borders research area of the Feminist autonomous Centre for Research, where she also co-organises the annual 'Feminist No Borders Summer School', as well as a community course on 'Resisting the Criminalisation of Facilitation' (supported by the University of Brighton IGNITE fund). 

Deanna participated in the Erasmus+ BRIDGES consortium, which brings together Universities and Civil Society organisations to tackle exclusion and discrimination in Higher Education, by using decolonial, anti-racist and feminist approaches and methodologies. The consortium includes the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research and Za’atar in Athens;  the domestic workers union Sindillar and the Autonomous University of Barcelona; An.Ge.Kommen and the University of Giessen in Germany; the University of Brighton and the Office of Displaced Designers in the UK.

Between 2018 and 2021, Deanna coordinated the 'Social Movements and Radical Politics' strand of the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE - University of Brighton).

Approach to teaching

Deanna's teaching is informed by her research and activism.

In collaboration with Raphael Schlembach, Deanna has developed a module titled ‘The Criminology of Borders’. The module critically addresses issues of borders violence and harms, and the current politics of criminalisation of migration.

In the past years, she has also been convening several modules introducing students to critical approaches in criminology, foregrounding feminist and anti-racist critiques as well as abolitionist perspectives in criminology.  

Moreover, Deanna has introduced several decolonial and feminist perspectives in existing modules, proposing lectures, workshops and seminars on prison abolitionism, participatory research methodologies, and Black Feminist perspectives within and beyond criminology. 

As part of the Erasmus+ BRIDGES project, Deanna contributed to the creation a toolkit and a course for teachers in Higher Eduction, aimed at faciliating the introduction of anti-racist feminist perspectives and decolonial pedagogies into the classroom. 


Supervisory Interests

Deanna Dadusc is supervised two PhD students, conducting research on the politics of bordering in Calais and on the hostile environment in the UK, respectively. 

She is available for supervision on PhD projects related to processes of criminalisation of social and political struggles, as well as on border violence and the crimininalisation of migration. She also welcomes proposals informed by feminist and decolonial methodologies. 


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Criminology
  • Borders
  • Social Movements
  • Squatting
  • Migration
  • Resistance
  • Feminist Theory
  • decolonisation
  • housing
  • abolition


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