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Research student supervision

I am interested in supervising Master (of Research) students and PhD candidates with the following research interests:

  • Refugee and asylum studies; forced migration
  • Critical border studies
  • Carceral geographies
  • Counter cartographies
  • Humanitarianism


Dr. Andrew Burridge is a political geographer, based in the Department of Geography and Planning. He is the convenor of the interdisciplinary Refugee Studies undergraduate major offered at Macquarie University; co-convenor of the Migration, Mobilities, Diversity research stream; and co-convenor of the Cultural and Political Geography research cluster.

He is also Research Coordinator for the Cities and Settlement Initiative at the Centre for Policy Development.

Other roles:

- Departmental representative, Early Career Researcher Network, Macquarie University.
- Macquarie University representative, Geographical Society of New South Wales.
- Steering committee, Making Connections: academic mentors for students from refugee  backgrounds, Macquarie University
- Member, Academics for Refugees network.


As a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Planning, Andrew currently convenes and teaches into various graduate and post-graduate courses at Macquarie University. In 2020 these will include:

  • Borderless Worlds (GEOP3060)
  • Sydney and the Great Australian Dream (GEOP1030)
  • Humanities and the World (ARTS1000)

Andrew has previously convened or taught in to:

  • Sustainable Urban Regions (GEOP830)
  • Special Topic in Geography and Planning (GEOP810)
  • Research Frontiers (FOAR700)
  • Human Geography in Action (GEOP380)
  • Urban Dynamics: Population, Housing and Economy (GEOP219)
  • Urban Planet: Cities and Planning in the Anthropocene (GEOP181)
  • Geographies of Global Change (GEOP111)

Research interests

Andrew's work has focused primarily upon undocumented migration, the effects of border securitisation and immigration detention, as well as asylum and refugee reception and settlement. He situates his work within:
- Political geography and geopolitics
- Refugee studies
- Critical border studies and international boundary law
- Carceral geographies
- Legal geographies
- Mobilities
- Counter-cartographies

Andrew received his PhD from the University of Southern California, where he explored humanitarian-aid counter-mapping practices in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands.

From 2013-2016, Andrew was based at the University of Exeter, where he was Lead Researcher on an ESRC-funded project concerned with asylum-seeker appeal hearings in the UK First-Tier Immigration and Asylum Tribunal.

Between 2010 and 2013, Andrew was a member of the International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU), a consultancy that works to minimise conflict associated with international boundaries on land and at sea, based at Durham University in the UK.

Andrew also has a background in urban studies and planning (teaching and research), having received a BA(Hons) in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Melbourne, Australia (2003), and a Graduate Certificate in Urban and Global Studies from the University of Southern California (2007).

He has worked with several immigrant and refugee rights organisations including No More Deaths/No Más Muertes (U.S.); Bristol Refugee Rights and Right to Remain (UK); and the International Detention Coalition.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Southern California


Award Date: 16 Dec 2009

University of Southern California


Award Date: 1 Aug 2007

The University of Melbourne


Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

External positions

Research Coordinator

1 Feb 2018 → …


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