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Dr Kathryn Cassidy

Associate Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Kathryn is a feminist political geographer and activist, whose work explores processes and practices of bordering and ordering contemporary societies and the ways in which these are being resisted both through collective and mundane actions.

Her 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, Professor Nira Yuval-Davis and Dr. Georgie Wemyss. More recently, she has 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 and both state-sponsored and informal punitiveness towards marginalised populations and those who seek to support them.  

She completed her 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, she 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. 

She taught at the University of Birmingham in the 2006-2007 academic year and whilst carrying out research in Ukraine, she also gave a series of lectures at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. She was a research fellow at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Romania from January to July 2009. Prior to joining Northumbria in September 2013, Kathryn 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.

From October 2019 to August 2021 Kathryn will be on research leave funded by the Leverhulme Trust, working on a project entitled ‘Dis/b/ordering: disrupting everyday welfare bordering in the UK’. 

Kathryn Cassidy

Campus Address

Ellison Building, B302
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • anthropology PhD July 29 2011
  • Information not provided Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBS) 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Are more and more of us restricting the freedoms of others in everyday life?, Cassidy, K. 5 Feb 2019
  • Bordering, Yuval-Davis, N., Wemyss, G., Cassidy, K. Jun 2019
  • Brexit and belonging, Cassidy, K., Davidson, G. 3 Jan 2019
  • Everyday bordering, Cassidy, K. 10 May 2019, In: Geography
  • Labour, carcerality and punishment, Cassidy, K., Griffin, P., Wray, F. 26 Aug 2019, In: Progress in Human Geography
  • Where can I get free? Everyday Bordering, Everyday Incarceration, Cassidy, K. 1 Mar 2019, In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • 'Beauty and the Beast': Sham Marriage and Everyday Bordering Discourse, Wemyss, G., Yuval-Davis, N., Cassidy, K. Sep 2018, In: Political Geography
  • Brexit and New Autochthonic Politics of Belonging, Cassidy, K., Innocenti, P., Burkner, H. 2018, In: Space and Polity
  • Debordering and everyday (re)bordering in and of Dover: Post-borderland borderscapes, 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

PGR Supervision

  • Inga Freimane Emotional geographies of activism during the Donbas war in Ukraine Start: 10/08/2015
  • Inga Freimane Emotional geographies of activism during the Donbas war in Ukraine Start: 10/08/2015
  • Maria Dubrova Start: 01/10/2018


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