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Professor Louise Amoore, BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41969
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 402
Professor / Cluster Convenor, Politics-State-Space

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Louise Amoore is Professor of Political Geography and Deputy Head of Department. Her research and teaching focuses on aspects of geopolitics, technology and security. She is particularly interested in how contemporary forms of data and algorithmic analysis are changing the pursuit of state security and the idea of society. Her most recent book, Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others, is published by Duke University Press in Spring 2020. Among her other published works on technology, biometrics, security, and society, her book, The Politics of Possibility: Risk and Security Beyond Probability (2013)examines the governance of low probability, high consequence events, and its far-reaching implications for society and democracy. Louise’s research has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, and NWO. She is appointed to the UK independent body responsible for the ethics of biometric and data-driven technologies. Louise is co-editor of the Journal Progress in Human Geography.

Louise's previous projects include her RCUK Global Uncertainties leadership fellowship (2012-2015). Her project 'Securing Against Future Events' (SaFE): Preemption, Protocols and Publics' examines how inferred futures become the basis for new forms of security risk calculus.

She has also conducted ESRC projects on the techniques and technologies of biometric and data-driven borders: 'Contested Borders' (2007-2009), a project within the ESRC's non-governmental public action programme. The work has produced new insights into how contemporary security practices enter and reconfigure public space.

'Data Wars: New Spaces of Governing in the European War on Terror' (2008-12) was a three year ESRC bilateral project in collaboration with Marieke de Goede at the University of Amsterdam. Researchers at Durham and Amsterdam investigated how data elements from the mobilities of people and money become redeployed for preemptive security.

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Contested Borders: Non governmental public action and the technologies of the war on terror
  • Data Wars: New Spaces of Governing in the European War on Terror

Selected Publications

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Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Amoore, L. (Published). Governing By Identity. In Playing the identity card: surveillance, security and ifentifcation in global perspective. Lyon, D. & Bennett, C. New York.: Routledge. 42-56.
  • Amoore, L. (Published). Vigilant Visualities. In Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture. MacDonald, F., Hughes, R. & Dodds, K. London.: IB Taurus. 247-266.
  • Amoore, L. (2007). There is no Great Refusal: the ambivalent politics of dissent. In International Political Economy and Poststructural Politics. De Goede, M. Basingstoke.: Macmillan.
  • Amoore, L. (2006). Making the Modern Multinational. In Global Corporate Power. May, C. Boulder, Colorado.: Lynne Rienner. 32-54.
  • Amoore, L. (2006). There is no great refusal: the ambivalent politics of resistance. In International Policial Economy and Poststructural Politics. DeGoede, M. Basingstoke.: Palgrave.
  • Amoore, L. & Langley, P. (2005). Global civil society and global governmentality. In The Idea of Global Civil Society. Germain, R. & Kerry, M. Routledge. 137-155.
  • Amoore, L. (2005). Invisible Subjects: Work and Workers in the Global Political Economy. In The Political Economy of Unprotected Work. Davies, M. & Ryner, M. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Amoore, L. (2005). Making the Modern Multinational. In Global Corporate Power. May, C. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.
  • Amoore, L. & Langley, P. (2002). Process, Project and Practice: The Politics of Globalization. In Critical Perspectives on International Political Economy. Abbott, J. & Worth, O. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Amoore, L. (2002). Work Production and Social Relations: Repositioning the firm in the international political economy. In Global Unions? Theory and Strategies of Organized Labour in the Global Political Economy. Harrod, J. & O'Brien, R. London.: Routledge. 29-48.

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Selected Grants

  • 2018: Forensic Citizens: The Politics of Searching for Disappeared Persons (£94841.00 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))
  • 2013: Securing Against Future Events (SaFE), Pre-emption, Protocols and Publics (£375975.00 from ESRC)
  • 2013: Securing Against Future Events (SaFE): Pre:emption, Protocols and Publics (additional funds) (£50000.00 from ESRC)
  • 2008: BILATERAL NETHERLANDS - DATA WARS (£262208.50 from ESRC)
  • 2008: SAFER SPACES (£15380.00 from Epsrc)