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Tom Kemp

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences



Tom wrote his PhD on the law and politics of immigration detention in the UK, looking at the practices and thinking within grassroots activist groups that attempt to organise alongside people in detention. He has an article on detention visiting and hospitality in Theoretical Criminology and has a forthcoming article in Social Movement Studies on prefigurative politics, post-representational politics and immigration detention activism.

From 2019 to 2021, Tom worked as a Lecturer at Nottingham Law School, teaching Public Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice and Human Rights Law. Tom worked as a Research Fellow on the UKRI funded 'Prison Regulation for Safer Societies: Participatory, Effective, Efficient?' and has published a critique of international prison regulation.

Tom is currently a Senior Research Fellow on European Research Council funded project named Regulating Criminal Justice Detention.

Expertise Summary

  • Immigration Detention and Deportation
  • Anti-carceral social movements
  • Police and Prison Regulation

Research Summary

Tom Kemp, 2019 'Solidarity in spaces of 'care and custody': The hospitality politics of immigration detention visiting' Theoretical Criminology

Tom Kemp and Koshka Duff, 2020, 'Would 'Defund the Police' Work in the UK?'

Tom Kemp and Phe Amis, 2021 'Why Borders and Prisons, Border Guards and Police' in Abolishing the Police, ed. Koshka Duff

Tom Kemp, 2022/Forthcoming 'Dystopian Prefiguration against State Racism: Experiments in Post-Representational Politics in Anti-Deportation Activism', Social Movement Studies

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