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Eleanor Cotterill

Dr Eleanor Cotterill

Teaching Associate

School of Geography and Planning

+44 29208 75560
Glamorgan Building, Room Room 2.51, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, 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.


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



  • 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)

Committees and reviewing

Journal Reviewer: The Statelessness and Citizenship Review