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Professor and Chair of Anthropology, The University of Melbourne

Andrew Dawson is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. He came to Australia from London in 2004 having lectured and researched at various universities in the UK and in Africa. He has conducted major ethnographic projects in England, Ireland and Bosnia & Herzegovina. His key area of expertise is human mobility, and in this regard he has conducted research on a range of issues, ranging from asylum-seeker through to driving experiences. His books include, 'After Writing Culture' (ed. with James and Hockey), 'Migrants of Identity' (ed. with Rapport), 'Local Impacts of Migration' (with Craig et al) and Ageing and Change in Pit Villages of Northeast England'. Andrew's work has a significant applied dimension, and he has conducted research for a number of industry, non-governmental and governmental bodies, including major research for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister UK on asylum-seeker resettlement. With S. Dennis (ANU) he is currently conducting a large project on conceptualisations of responsible drinking that is funded by the industry body Alcohol and Beverages Australia. Andrew has won a number of awards, including the Australian Anthropological Society Best Article Prize 2017 for his essay 'Driven to sanity: An ethnographic critique of the senses in automobilities'. Andrew is also a very active media commentator, especially on matters of politics and the British working class.


  • –present
    Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of Melbourne


  • 1990 
    University of Essex, Sociology