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Dr Eleanor Cotterill

Dr Eleanor Cotterill

Teaching Associate

Room 2.51, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA


I am a Human Geographer based in the School of Geography and Planning. My research aims to understand everyday experiences of statelessness; thinking beyond the status as an abstract legal conundrum and conceptualising statelessness as a complex political, social, and cultural status rooted in the geographical everyday.

I am also interested in the design and practice of creative research methods to conduct ethnographic research, exploring how creative, participatory research methodologies can be ethically utilised with vulnerable populations. My current research utilises and examines scrapbooking as a form of slow elicitation with stateless individuals.



  • PhD Human Geography, Swansea University (2017-2022)
  • MSc Geopolitics and Security (Distinction) Royal Holloway University of London (2014-2015)
  • BA Geography (First Class) Swansea University (2011-2014)

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

“Status affects everything”: Everyday Administrative Violence for Stateless persons in the UK

– RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Newcastle University, September 2022

Crafting Statelessness

WISERD Migration Research Wales Creative Methods Workshop, Aberystwyth University, June 2022

Crafting Statelessness

Migration and Emerging Political Spaces Postgraduate Conference, Swansea University, May 2022

The Bordering Power of “Research” 

– RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, September 2021

“Status affects everything": The role of Stateless Documentation in Home (un)making

– Swansea Geography Postgraduate Research Colloquium, Swansea, December 2020

Stateless, Placeless, Home(less)? The meaning of Home for Stateless Individuals in the UK 

Gregynog Postgraduate Conference and Theory School, Gregynog, March 2020

The Practice of Scrapbooking Statelessness 

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, August 2019

Scrapbooking Statelessness in the UK 

World Conference on Statelessness and Inclusion, The Hague, June 2019

Representing Statelessness 

PhD Workshop on Statelessness and Citizenship, Tilburg, November 2018

The Stateless Experience 

– Statelessness Conference, London, July 2018

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

Journal Reviewer: The Statelessness and Citizenship Review


I teach on the following modules:


  • Geographical Imagination: An Introduction to Human Geography
  • Making Knowledge: Evidence and Practice
  • Cities
  • Border Spaces: Identities, Cultures and Politics in a Globalising World
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in Geography and Planning
  • Research Dissertation


  • Research Dissertation


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