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Dr Andrew Baldwin

Associate Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41985
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 232
Associate Professor, Geographies of Life
Associate Professor, Politics-State-Space

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Before joining the Geography Department at Durham, I held appointments at the University of Manchester and at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and I received my PhD from Carleton University in 2006. From 2011-2015 I was Chair of COST Action IS1101 Climate Change and Migration, and from 2013-2016 I was Co-Director of the Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience (Durham University). 


My research examines the intersections of race, nature and geography with a specific current focus on the ways in which discourses and practices of climate change and migration relate to questions of humanism, posthumanism, politics, culture, urbanism and the Anthropocene. Ultimately, my work is motivated to ask how new forms of political community are coming into existence (or not) in relation to looming geohistorical phenomena like climate change and the Anthropocene. This work draws heavily from critical race theory and postcolonial theory and is inspired by writers, such as Paul Gilroy, Michel Foucault, Wendy Brown, and David Theo Goldberg, and, increasingly, Brian Massumi, Elizabeth Povinelli, Laurent Berlant, and William Connolly. 

I am also currently Co-investigator on three interrelated research projects with colleagues at Sussex and SOAS: Migrants on the Margins (funded by the Royal Geographical Society), Supporting the Mobility of Trapped Populations (ESRC-DFID funded) and The Unknown City (ESRC-AHRC funded - Forced Displacement Programme). 


  • 2014 Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship, Durham University
  • 2006 - 2008 SSHRC Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2004 - 2005 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Scholarship

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Climate Change and Migration: Knowledge, law and policy, and theory

Selected Publications

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Baldwin, W. Andrew (Accepted). Climate change refugees. In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Kobayashi, Audrey Elsevier.
  • Baldwin, W.A. (2017). Concluding remarks: on the politics of climate change, migration and human rights. In Climate Change, Migration and Human Rights: Law and Policy Perspectives. Manou, Dimitra, Cubie, Dug, Thorp, Teresa, Mihr, Anja & Baldwin, W. Andrew. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Baldwin, W.A. & Bettini, Giovanni (2017). Introduction: Life adrift. In Life adrift: climate change, migration, critique. Baldwin, W.A. & Bettini, Giovanni Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Baldwin, W.A. (2017). Rearranging desire: on whiteness and heteronormativity. In Life adrift: climate change, migration, critique. Baldwin, W.A. & Bettini, Giovanni Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Baldwin, W.A. & Gemenne, F. (2013). Climate change and migration: context, paradox, and future directions. In World Social Sciences Report 2013. Hackmann, H. & Caillods, F. International Social Sciences Council.
  • Baldwin, W.A. & Meltzer, J. (2012). Environmental Citizenship and Climate Security: Contextualizing Violence and Citizenship in Amazonian Peru. In Environment and Citizenship in Latin America. Latta, A. & Wittman, H. Oxford: Berghahn Books. 2012: 23-38.
  • Baldwin, W.A., Cameron, L. & Kobayashi, A. (2011). Where is the Great White North? Spatializing history, historicizing whiteness. In Rethinking the Great White North: race, nature and the historical geographies of whiteness in Canada. Baldwin, W.A., Cameron, L. & Kobayashi, A. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
  • Baldwin, W.A. & Dalby, S. (2010). Canadian Middle Power Identity, Environmental Biopolitics, and Human Insecurity. In Canada's Foreign and Security Policy: Soft and Hard Strategies of a Middle Power. Hynek, N. & Bosold, D. Oxford.: Oxford University Press. 121-137.
  • Baldwin, W.A. & Dalby, S. (2010). Human Security and Canadian Environmental Policy. In Canada's New Foreign and Security Policy Strategies: Assessing Soft and Hard Dimensions of Middlepowerhood. Hynek, N. & Bosold, D. Oxford.: Oxford University Press.
  • Baldwin, W.A. (2007). Agenda 21. In Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. Robbins, P. Thousand Oaks, California and London Sage. 1: 10-11.
  • Baldwin, W.A. (2007). Boreal Forests. In Encyclopedia of environment and society. Robbins, Paul Sage. 1: 153-154.

Journal Article

Book review

Conference Paper

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Baldwin, W.A., Turhan, E. & Armiero, M. (2016). Alive and afloat. The New Internationalist



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Selected Grants

  • 2016: Supporting the social mobility of trapped populations in very poor urban areas (£21689.00 from ESRC)
  • 2016: The Unknown City: the (in)visibility of urban displacement (£11425.00 from )
  • 2015: Conference: Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention (£1485.62 from Heinrich-Boll Foundation European Union)
  • 2011: COST: Climate Change and Migration: Law and Policy and Theory (£69425.53 from European Commission)