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Research interests

Dr. Deanna Dadusc is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Applied Social Science.

Her research analyses the criminalisation of social movements in Europe, including the criminalisation of migrants' solidarity and of housing struggles. Her research is informed by critical approaches to criminology addressing state, corporate and border violence from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. 

Together with Dr. Eleni Dimou and Prof. Pierpaolo Mudu, Deanna is currently co-authoring a book titled ‘’Borders, Repression and Resistance: the criminalisation of migrants’ solidarity’’ (Routledge, forthcoming).

Deanna paricipates in the Erasmus+ BRIDGES consortium, which brings together Universities and Civil Society organisations to tackle exclusion and discrimination in Higher Education, by using decolonial, anti-racist and feminist approaches and methodologies. The consortium includes the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research and Za’atar in Athens;  the domestic workers union Sindillar and the Autonomous University of Barcelona; An.Ge.Kommen and the University of Giessen in Germany; the University of Brighton and the Office of Displaced Designers in the UK.

Deanna coordinates the 'Social Movements and Radical Politics' strand of the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE - University of Brighton).

Approach to teaching

Deanna's teaching is informed by her research and activism.

In collaboration with Raphael Schlembach, Deanna has developed a module titled ‘The Criminology of Borders’. The module critically addresses issues of borders harms and the current politics of criminalisation of migration.

In the past years, she has also been convening a module on 'Theories of Crime', introducing students to critical approaches in criminology, foregrounding feminist and anti-racist critiques to 'white' and 'malestream' criminological theory.  

Moreover, Deanna has introduced several decolonial and feminist perspectives in existing modules, proposing lectures, workshops and seminars on prison abolitionism, participatory research methodologies, and Black Feminist perspectives within and beyond criminology. 

As part of the Erasmus+ BRIDGES project, Deanna is contributing to the creation a toolkit and a course for teachers in Higher Eduction, aimed at faciliating the introduction of anti-racist feminist perspectives and decolonial pedagogies into the classroom. 


Supervisory Interests

Deanna Dadusc is currently supervising two PhD students, conducting research on the politics of bordering in Calais and on the hostile environment in the UK, respectively. 

She is available for supervision on PhD projects related to processes of criminalisation of social and political struggles, as well as on border violence and the crimininalisation of migration. She also welcomes proposals informed by feminist and decolonial methodologies. 


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Criminology
  • Borders
  • Social Movements
  • Squatting
  • Migration
  • Resistance
  • Feminist Theory
  • decolonisation
  • housing


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