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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.

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.


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 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

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, University of Southern California


Urban and Global Studies, Graduate Certificate, University of Southern California


Urban Planning and Development, Bachelor (Hons), The University of Melbourne


External positions

Research Coordinator, Centre for Policy Development

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Research Outputs

Hotels are no 'luxury' place to detain people seeking asylum in Australia

Burridge, A., 14 Apr 2020, The Conversation. Academic rigour, journalistic flair.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

Open Access
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Asylum reporting as a site of anxiety, detention, and solidarity

Burridge, A., 2019, Open borders: in defense of free movement. Jones, R. (ed.). Athens, Georgia, USA: University of Georgia Press, p. 193-212 20 p. (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation; no. 41).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Law, presence and refugee claim determination

Gill, N., Allsopp, J., Burridge, A., Griffiths, M., Paskiewicz, N. & Rotter, R., 2019, Handbook on critical geographies of migration. Mitchell, K., Jones, R. & Fluri, J. L. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Press, p. 358-371 14 p. (Research Handbooks in Geography).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Seven steps to SUCCESS: enabling refugee entrepreneurs to flourish

    Legrain, P. & Burridge, A., Apr 2019, Melbourne, Australia: Centre for Policy Development. 53 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • The political mobilities of reporting: tethering, slickness and asylum control

    Fisher, D. X. O., Burridge, A. & Gill, N., 2019, In : Mobilities. 14, 5, p. 632-647 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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