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Department of Geography


Geographies of social regulation and governmentality

Research based on the historical geography of social regulation has developed alongside a close engagement with contemporary social and public policy, whether this be related to sex work and prostitution, drinking and drunkenness, child protection and welfare. Examples of this concern can be found in our work in Liverpool, which has informed public policy debates on drinking and sex work regulation, and has been featured by local government. Work on the significance of alcohol for geographies of child protection also has contemporary relevance.



  • D. Beckingham, 2013, ‘Scale and the moral geographies of Victorian and Edwardian child protection,’ Journal of Historical Geography 42, pp. 140-151.
  • D. Beckingham, 2011, ‘Liverpool – “capital of the binge culture”,’ in M. Benbough-Jackson and S. Davies (Eds) Merseyside: Culture and Place (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), pp. 61-87.
  • D. Nally, 2011, ‘The biopolitics of food provisioning,’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 36(1), pp. 37-53
  • D. Beckingham, 2008, ‘Geographies of drink culture in Liverpool: Lessons from the drink capital of nineteenth-century England’, Drugs, Education, Prevention and Policy 15(3), pp. 305-31.
  • 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), pp. 233-50.
  • D. Nally, 2008, ‘”That coming storm”: the Irish poor law, colonial biopolitics and the Great Irish Famine,’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98(3), pp. 714-741.