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Francesca Moore MA MSc MPhil PhD

Francesca Moore MA MSc MPhil PhD

Lecturer in Geography, Homerton College.

Historical-political geographer with research interests in population politics, the regulation of reproduction and public health.



  • 2014- present Lecturer and Director of Studies in Geography, Homerton College
  • 2011- 2014 Supervisor of Studies in Geography, Newnham College
  • 2008-2009 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.


Francesca is an historical-political geographer. Her research develops new perspectives on population politics, specifically the regulation of reproduction and public health, and the theoretics of liberal power. In particular, Francesca focuses on the ways in which women have been the targets of both state and voluntary sector population control projects and also reconstructs women's engagement with these initiatives. This research uses theories of governmentality and biopolitics to investigate and explain the ideological setting of population policies. Francesca's work intersects with scholarship in historical and political geography, demography, social policy and the history of medicine. Francesca's doctoral research explored motherhood in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Lancashire, and the way it came to be theorised and judged as a legitimate realm for state and voluntary sector intervention. Focusing on the practices of infant welfare clinics and cultures of abortion, the project speaks directly to historical and political geography's concerns with the politics of life, the relation of the state to the body and techniques of self- government.


  • 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 IA, Paper 1 - Human Geography: People, Place and the Politics of Difference
  • Part IB, Citizenship, Cities and Civil Society
  • Part II, Geographies of Discipline and Social Regulation

External activities

  • Member of the Association of American Geographers