Anna Katharina Schliehe

PhD candidate


telephone: 0044 (0)141 330 2292

Postal address:
School of Geographical & Earth Sciences
Rm 301
East Quadrangle
Gilbert Scott Building
G12 8QQ


Research Title

'Inside the Carceral' - The nature and experiences of spaces of confinement for young women in Scotland


Research Summary

This project is concerned with the experiences of girls and women in the Scottish criminal justice system. It explores their experiences in three types of institutions (secure care units, prison, and closed psychiatric units) and professionals’ views of the Scottish system. The discourse on spaces of confinement will be extended by highlighting the women’s trajectory into incarceration and the use of closed institutions as a response to ‘deviant’, ‘unmanageable’ and ‘disorderly’ behavior. It specifies how these social material and symbolic spaces are experienced and responded to and what the institutional journeys between them can look like. The geography of three different systems of confinement for girls and women works towards an understanding of the carceral experience as embodied, emotional and often repetitive practice going beyond physical carceral detainment.


Research Interests

Carceral and Mental Health Geography, Feminist Thought, Criminal Justice, Security Geography, Migration


Fieldwork Experience

2013 PhD Project | ongoing qualitative research in Scotland (carceral geography)

2012 MRes Project | 3 months qualitative research in Scotland (carceral geography)

2010 Diplom Project | 6 months qualitative research in Germany and Scotland (migration geography)



2013-15 PhD | University of Glasgow

2011-12 M.A. in Geography (Honours of 1st class) | University of Glasgow

2007-08 Erasmus Exchange | Scotland

2004-10 Diplom Geography| Germany

  • Urban Studies Scholarship






  • Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces – Contemporary and historical perspectives on ‘shelter, treatment and care’|  January 2013 | Glasgow
  • AAG Annual Meeting | April 2013 | Los Angeles
  • RGS IGB | August 2013 | London
  • Confinement viewed through the prism of the social sciences: Contrasting facilities, confronting approaches | October 2013 | Pessac