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Research interests

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

Her research analyses the criminalisation of social movements in Europe, including the criminalisation of migrants' solidarity and of housing struggles. Her research is informed by critical approaches to criminology addressing state, corporate and border violence from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. 

Together with Dr. Eleni Dimou and Prof. Pierpaolo Mudu, Deanna is currently co-authoring a book titled ‘’Borders, Repression and Resistance: the criminalisation of migrants’ solidarity’’ (Routledge, forthcoming).

Deanna paricipates 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.

Deanna coordinates 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 harms and the current politics of criminalisation of migration.

In the past years, she has also been convening a module on 'Theories of Crime', introducing students to critical approaches in criminology, foregrounding feminist and anti-racist critiques to 'white' and 'malestream' criminological theory.  

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 is contributing 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 currently supervising 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

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Research Output

Care without Control: The Humanitarian Industrial Complex and the Criminalisation of Solidarity

Dadusc, D. & Mudu, P., 17 Apr 2020, In : Geopolitics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Criminalising activist spaces: Privatisation, public order, and moral order

    Dadusc, D., 9 Apr 2020, Urban Change and Citizenship in Times of Crisis: Figurations of Conflict and Resistance. Turner, B., Wolf, H., Fitzi, G. & Mackert, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, Vol. 3. 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Enclosing Autonomy: The politics of tolerance and criminalisation of the Amsterdam squatting movement

    Dadusc, D., 22 May 2019, In : City. 23, 2, p. 170-188 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Introduction: citizenship as inhabitance? Migrant housing squats versus institutional accommodation

    Dadusc, D., Grazioli, M. & Martinez, M. A., 16 Jul 2019, In : Citizenship Studies. 23, 6, p. 521-539 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
  • The micropolitics of border struggles: migrants’ squats and inhabitance as alternatives to citizenship

    Dadusc, D., 25 Jun 2019, In : Citizenship Studies. 23, 6, p. 593-607 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 8 Invited talk
    • 2 Conference
    • 2 Workshop
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Women Struggles in the Mediterranean Sea (with Hela K)

    Deanna Dadusc (Presenter)

    18 Jun 2020

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Care Without Control - The Criminalisation of Migrants' Solidarity

    Deanna Dadusc (Presenter)

    5 Sep 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    The micropolitics of border struggles: migrants’ housing squats and urban commons

    Deanna Dadusc (Presenter)

    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Squatting Against Borders: towards a politics of Anti-Citizenship (Workshop)

    Deanna Dadusc (Presenter), James Ellison (Presenter), Valeria Raimondi (Presenter) & Travis Van Isacker (Presenter)

    12 Jun 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Criminalising Dissent: A Closing Space for Civil Society?

    Raphael Schlembach (Organiser), Deanna Dadusc (Organiser) & Roxana Cavalcanti (Organiser)

    1 Mar 2019

    Activity: EventsConference