Dr Fran Moore

MA MSc MPhil PhD



Fellow type

External Director of Studies


External Director of Studies in Geography


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.

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