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Associate Professor in the Department of Geography232+44 (0) 191 33 41985
Associate Professor , Geographies of Life232+44 (0) 191 33 41985
Associate Professor , Politics-State-Space232+44 (0) 191 33 41985


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 anti-racist scholarship and postcolonial theory. 

I am currently Co-investigator on a major ESRC-funded project called Inclusive Urban Infrastructure with colleagues from Sussex and Durham and our international partners in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Somaliland. This work builds on several other 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 Projects

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

Awarded 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)


Authored book

  • Baldwin, W.Andrew (2022). The Other of Climate Change: Racial Futurism, Migration, Humanism. Rowman and Littlefield.

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  • (2012), Pre-empting race: climate change, migration and the future conditional, *Baldwin, W.A Critical Approaches to Environmental Displacement. Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University.


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