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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Tom Disney


Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Northumbria University, United Kingdom



I am a Social Geographer and my research interests centre on families and children experiencing interventions of the state, with a conceptual focus on care across a variety of settings. I explore how these interventions break or facilitate cycles of marginalisation of children, young people and families. My work lies at the intersection of Geography and Childhood Studies.



Disney, T. and Lloyd, J. (2020) 'Towards geographies of child protection.' Geography Compass 14 (12) p., e12545.

Disney, T. and Schliehe, A. (2019) 'Troubling institutions.' Area 51(2): 194-199.

Disney, T., Warwick, L. et al. (2019) '“Isn’t it funny the children that are further away we don’t think about as much?”: Using GPS to explore the Mobilities and Geographies of Social Work and Child Protection Practice.' Children & Youth Services Review 100: 39-49.

Harrowell, E., Davies, T. and Disney, T. (2018) 'Making space for failure in geographic research' The Professional Geographer 70(2): 230-238.


Social Geography; Care; Care Settings; Ethnography; Child & Family Welfare; Children's Geographies
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