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Dr. Andrew Burridge is a political geographer, based in the Discipline of Geography and Planning, in the School of Social Sciences. He is the current Masters of Research (MRes) Director.

Andrew is co-founder of the Political Geography Study Group within the Institute of Australian Geographers, and an editorial board member of the Australian Geographer journal. He is also co-founder of the Australian Critical Border Studies Network. Andrew has been a Councillor of the Geographical Society of NSW since 2019.

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

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.

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.

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.

He was formerly Research Coordinator for the Cities and Settlement Initiative at the Centre for Policy Development.


Research interests

My work has focused primarily upon undocumented migration, the effects of border securitisation and immigration detention, as well as asylum and refugee reception and settlement. I situate my work broadly within the fields of:
- Political geography and geopolitics
- Urban geography
- Refugee studies
- Critical border studies and international boundary law
- Carceral geographies
- Legal geographies
- Mobilities
- Counter-cartographies
- Multilingualism and geolinguistics
Current research projects
1. Australia's sub-national border closures and mobility restrictions during Covid-19
Through a Macquarie University Research Accelleration Scheme grant, I am currently conducting research regarding sub-national border closures in Australia due to COVID-19 between March 2020 and early 2022.
2. 'Alternative places of detention'
My other current research focuses upon the use of 'alternative', often hidden or unknown, spaces of closed immigration detention, particularly hotels, both in Australia and internationally.


As a lecturer in the Discipline of Geography and Planning, I currently convene and teach into various graduate and post-graduate courses at Macquarie University. In 2022 I was a receipient of an Indigenous Learning and Teaching Grant, that supports the embedding of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives within curriculum.

Current teaching (2023)

  • Master of Research: Geography and Planning (GEOP8990)
  • Healthy Places: Planning for Diversity, Equity and Wellbeing (GEOP8020)
  • Sydney and the Great Australian Dream (GEOP1030)
  • Thinking Space (GEOP3090)

Previously convened or taught

  • Borderless Worlds (GEOP3060)
  • Introduction to Human Geography (GEOP1010)
  • Sustainable Urban Regions (GEOP830/8080)
  • 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)
  • Humanities and the World (ARTS 1000)

Andrew has previously taught at the University of Southern California (US), Durham University and University of Exeter (UK), and University of Melbourne (Australia).

Research student supervision

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

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

Current supervision

- Evelyn Hendieh (MRes): Enabling food production to achieve food security through urban planning frameworks

- Alinta Pilkington (MRes):

- Aireen Grace Andal (PhD):

- Milena Bojovic (PhD):

Community engagement

I regularly discuss my research in the media, including on ABC Radio, and in the Guardian, and the Conversation.

I have published public reports with organisations including the Centre for Policy Development (Australia), the Public Law Project (UK), and Right to Remain (UK).

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Humanitarian Aid and the Production of Spatial Knowledge and Practices in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands , University of Southern California


Award Date: 16 Dec 2009

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


Award Date: 1 Aug 2007

Urban Planning and Development, Bachelor (Hons), Situationist Ideals of the Everyday within the Contemporary City, The University of Melbourne


Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

External positions

Research Coordinator, Centre for Policy Development

1 Feb 201831 Dec 2019


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