Lauren Cape-Davenhill

Lauren Cape-Davenhill


After completing my MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies, I spent several years working in migrant support and advocacy organisations including the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (Crawley, UK), Medicins Sans Frontieres (Athens, Greece) and Right to Remain (Manchester, UK). My professional background informs my interest in the securitisation and criminalisation of migration, and the racialised dynamics of immigration enforcement. 

I have also worked as a Research Assistant on the ongoing ‘Safer Parks' project at the School of Law, University of Leeds, exploring what makes parks feel safe or unsafe for woman and girls in West Yorkshire.


Barker, A. Holmes, G., Alam, R., Cape-Davenhill, L., Osei-Appiah, S., & Warrington Brown, S. (2022). What Makes a Park Feel Safe or Unsafe? The views of women, girls and professionals in West Yorkshire. University of Leeds.

Boochani, B. et al. (2020). Transnational communities for dismantling detention: From Manus Island to the UKCPGP, 6(1): 108-128.

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (2015). Cutting Justice: The impacts of legal aid cuts for people detained in Brook House and Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centres

Research interests

My research interests include the intersections between the criminal justice and immigration systems, bordering, securitization, and the racialised dynamics of border controls. I take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing particularly on work from critical human geography, criminology, migration studies and sociology. 

My current PhD project explores the processes and experiences by which people face deportation after contact with the criminal justice system in the UK. I aim to explore the changing parameters of deportability, and people’s trajectories after the initiatation of deportation proiceedings, including experiences of community-based controls such as electronic monitoring and reporting requirements. This research is supported by ESRC, and sits within the Security, Conflict and Justice Pathway of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.


  • MA Social Research Methods (Interdisciplinary), University of Leeds, 2019-20
  • MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2010-12
  • BSocSc Politics and International Relations, University of Manchester, 2007-10