Francesca Moore BA MSc MPhil PhD
ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow and Bye-Fellow of Fitzwilliam College
Historical geographer with research interests in nineteenth and early twentieth century motherhood, with special reference to abortion and Schools for Mothers.
- 2008- present: ESRC Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
- 1999-2002 BA (Hons) Geography, University of Cambridge.
- 2002-2003 MSc International and European Politics, University of Edinburgh.
- 2003-2004 MPhil Geographical Research, University of Cambridge.
- 2004-2008 PhD Historical Geography, University of Cambridge.
My work explores the cultural context of demographic trends in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Focusing on motherhood, I use theories of governmentality and biopolitics to investigate and explain the ideological settings of population policies and the regulation of mothers by the state and charitable organisations during this time. My doctoral thesis focused on the way in which women accessed abortion illegally in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Lancashire and the role of the Bolton School for Mothers in a project of population revitalisation.
My post-doctoral research continues to approach illegal abortion from a geographical perspective. This latest research explores the temporal and spatial characteristics of illegal abortion and conceptualises it not simply as a crime but as behaviour within a community. This allows the consideration of national and regional level demographic change from the perspective of the individuals involved. The research reconstructs the experience of women accessing illegal abortion, exploring the private decision making behind the criminal statistics and demographic trends. This sheds light on the role of abortion as a form of birth control and its possible influence on the spatial patterning of population change.
Work in progress
- 'Good Deeds for Naughty Ladies': Abortion in Lancashire, 1860-1937.
- 'Gender and Governmentality: A Theoretical Review'
- 'Questions of Evidence: The Role of Silence, Speculation and Secrets as Historical Data'
- 'Good Enough Mothering? Saving the Race at the Bolton School for Mothers, 1908-1930' monograph
- P. Howell, D. Beckingham and F. Moore (2008) 'Managed zones for sex workers in Liverpool: contemporary proposals, Victorian parallels', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 33(2): 233-50.
- Part IA, Introduction to Historical Geography
- Part IB, Cities
- Part II, The Historical Geography of Britain during the Industrial Revolution
- Member of the Association of American Geographers