Dr Oona Morrow
Oona Morrow is a feminist geographer whose research is broadly concerned with the economic politics of everyday life, a theme she engages through research on diverse economies, urban agriculture, household sustainability, self-provisioning, social reproduction, food security, and poverty.
Her research interests are in the areas of community economies; urban studies; food studies; human-environment geography; and feminist theory and methodology. She is an active member of the Community Economies Collective, an international collaborative of researchers who share an interest in theorizing, discussing, representing and enacting new visions of economy.
Oona is Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the European Research Council funded SHARECITY project. Led by PI Anna Davies, she and a team of international researchers are assessing the sustainability potential of food sharing economies in cities. As a member of this collaborative project, Oona specializes in diverse economies, action research, food studies, online research methods, and ethnographic methods.
Oona brings a wealth of experience working in the “food sharing” sector as a member of the League of Urban Canners; an ethnographer of urban homesteaders who share land, food, skills, and stuff; and a researcher of food pantries and food security. Over the next two years she will be engaged in qualitative and quantitative research on food sharing enterprises in cities around the world, with a particular emphasis on cities in German and North America.
Prior to joining the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, Oona taught courses in food studies, geography, social theory, and research methods at Boston University and Eastern Connecticut State University. In her most recent role as Development and Planning Associate at Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions, Oona was engaged in grant writing, program evaluation, and research on poverty, income inequality, food security, diversity and inclusion, and family and community engagement. Community Action is an antipoverty agency in Western Massachusetts that is dedicated to promoting economic justice and improving the quality of life for people with lower incomes.
Oona has a PhD in geography from Clark University, where she and PI Deborah G. Martin were successfully awarded National Science Foundation funding to conduct in depth ethnographic research on urban agriculture and household sustainability in Greater Boston. Her dissertation research examines the social, economic, and nature-society relations that develop around self-provisioning practices, such as do-it-yourself, urban agriculture, and cottage food production. Through this research she explores the intersections of gender, diverse economies, the commons, and urban food policies.
Oona has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Gender, Place, and Culture, Rethinking Marxism, as well as with the University of Georgia Geographies of Justice and Transformation series.
Selected publications and research outputs
Morrow, O., Hawkins, R., Kern, L. (2015) Feminist Research in Online Spaces. Gender, Place, and Culture. 22(4): 526-43
Morrow, O., and Dombroski, K. (2015) Enacting a Post-Capitalist Politics through the sites and practices of life’s work. in eds. K. Strauss and K. Meehan. Precarious Worlds: New Geographies of Social Reproduction. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press 'geographies of justice and social transformation series' pp. 82-96.
Morrow, O. and Brault, C. (2015) More-than-Capitalist Landscapes of Communist Becoming. Rethinking Marxism. 27(3): 371-74
Morrow, O, Barron, E, and Drake, L (2014) Introduction to the book symposium on Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy, Minneapolis; University of Minnesota Press, 2013. Social and Cultural Geography, 15(8): 966-67
Morrow, O. (2012) Review of Gregg, M. and Seigworth, G. (eds) (2011) The Affect Theory Reader. (Durham and London: Duke University Press) in Emotion, Space, and Society. 5(2): 133-34
Morrow, O. (2011) Review of Marsh, I. (2010) Suicide: Foucault, History and Truth. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) in Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. 38(3): 200-202
Household Financial Stories. Community Action Annual Report
Selected talks and conference presentations
The Grand Domestic Revolution Revisited (with Brenda Parker). Gendered Rights to the City. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI, April 19-20, 2015
Do-it-Yourself Food Justice?, Generative Justice Conference: Value from the bottom up. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, June 27-29, 2014
Growing Urban Commons through Cooperative Food Enterprises, Annual meeting of Association for the Study of Food and Society and Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society: Collaboration and Innovation Across The Food System. University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, June 18-22, 2014
Households and Urban Food Politics (invited lecture), Food Activism, Gastronomy Program, Boston University, September 30, 2013
A Postcapitalist Politics of Social Reproduction. Rethinking Marxism. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, September 19-21, 2013
Urban Homesteading: performing sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods through self-provisioning, SCORAI Conference: The Future of Consumerism and Well-Being in a World of Ecological Constraints, Clark University, Worcester, MA, June 12-14, 2013
Taking back the economy, one jar at a time: self-provisioning networks and the creation of community food economies, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
Home Economics for the Anthropocene, Society for Applied Anthropology, Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2012
Urban Homesteading: Gender and Self Provisioning in the City, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, NY, 2012
Feminist Research in the Blogosphere: Power and ethics in the virtual world (with Roberta Hawkins and Leslie Kern). Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, NY, 2012
Home sweet urban homestead: gender and self-provisioning on the urban frontier or a postcapitalist post-apocalyptic politics of dwelling. Annual Critical Geography Conference, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2011
Diverse Economies and Dwelling, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2011
Craft as Critical Practice? Making Things Matter, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2010.
Conference representation and professional contributions
Co-Organizer, The Grand Domestic Revolution Revisited. Gendered Rights to the City. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI, April 19-20, 2015
Co-Organizer and Panellist, Locating Feminist Theory and Practice in Economic Geography,Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL April 21-25, 2015
Co-Organizer and Panellist, Powerful Objects: Theory Making through Objects, Bodies, and Feelings, 21st Annual Critical Geography Conference: How Power Happens. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, November 7-9, 2014
Organizer, Social Theory and Feminist Geography, Feminist Geography: who we are, what we do, and why we do it, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, May 15-18, 2014
Panellist, Domesticating Nature-Society Geography, Nature-Society Workshop, Syracuse University. September 26, 2014
Panellist, Critical Feminist Geography, “Feminist Geography: who we are, what we do, and why we do it, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, May 15-18, 2014
Panellist, Take Back the Economy IV: Practices of Commoning, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, April 9-13, 2013
Panellist, The Production of Nature, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, April 9-13, 2013
Panellist, Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture, Annual Meeting of the Association of Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, April 9-13, 2013
Co-Organizer, Feminism(s) and Marxism(s): grounding politics and rescaling analysis in an age of crisis, 18th Annual Critical Geography Conference: Constructing a radical politics in an age of crisis. Clark University, Worcester, MA, November 4-6, 2011
Organizer, Diverse Economies of Dwelling, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, 2011
Panellist, Food Activism, Food Marketing, The 41st Annual Macromarketing Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, July 13-15, 2016
Panellist, Food Waste Work studio, Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption 10th Anniversary Un-Conference, Wuppertal, Germany, May 31, 2016