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Department of Geography


Francesca Moore MA MSc MPhil PhD

Associate Professor in Geography, Homerton College.

Feminist legal geographer researching gender culture and reproductive rights in the UK and USA from 1850 onwards.


Francesca is a feminist geographer with research interests in gender culture, power, reproductive politics, and moments of crisis in modern times. Broadly speaking, Francesca’s work explores the relationship between past and present through the lens of gender. A key focus of Francesca’s work is the historical-political and legal geographies of access to abortion from the 19th century to the present day. This work presents many methodological challenges so Francesca’s work also explores key questions in geographical research about the production of knowledge, including decolonising geographical knowledge, and research ethics. Francesca is currently working on her first book, Victorian Endurances, which places contemporary gender politics in its wider historical and cultural context. The book offers a series of re-descriptions of the recent present showing the ways in which the past does cultural work in the present.

Research supervision

Francesca is interested in hearing from scholars who wish to conduct research on Masters, doctoral and post-doctoral research on geographies of law and justice, reproductive geographies, feminist geography, gender studies and gender cultures across time.


  • Calkin, S., Freeman, C. and Moore, F.P.L. 2022 The geography of abortion: discourse, spatiality, mobility, Progress in Human Geography 46(6): 1413-1430
  • Moore, F.P.L. 2018 Historical Geography, feminist research and the gender politics of the present, Geography Compass 12(9)
  • Moore, F.P.L., 2016 ” A Band of Public-Spirited Women”: Middle-Class Female Philanthropy and Citizenship in Bolton, Lancashire before 1918, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 41 (2), 149-162.
  • Moore, F.P.L., 2015 “A Mistaken Policy of Secretiveness”: Venereal Disease and Changing Heterosexual Morality in Lancashire, UK, 1920-1935, Historical Geography 43, 37-56.
  • Moore, F.P.L., 2013 “Go and see Nell; She’ll put you right’: The Wisewoman and Working-Class Healthcare in Early Twentieth-Century Lancashire’, ​Social History of Medicine 26, 695-714.
  • Moore, F.P.L., 2013 Governmentality and the Maternal Body: Infant Mortality in Early Twentieth-Century Lancashire, Journal of Historical Geography, 39, 54-68.
  • Moore, F.P.L., 2010 Cornelie Usborne’s Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Germany: Book Reviews, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 17 (5) 673-683.
  • Moore, F.P.L., 2010 Tales From the Archive: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Historical Geography Research Area 42 (3) 262-270. Runner-up in the 2010 Wiley-Blackwell Publishers Area Prize for New Research in Geography.
  • Howell, P.M.R., Beckingham, D.J. and Moore, F.P.L., 2008 ‘Managed Zones for Sex Workers in Liverpool: Contemporary Policy, Victorian Parallels’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 33 (2) 233-250.


Geographical Tripos

  • Part II, Legal Geographies

External activities

  • Member of the Association of American Geographers