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Professor of Environmental Politics & International Relations, UNSW Sydney

Professional Background

BA Hons. UTS (1991) MA UTS (1994) PhD ANU (1999)

Anthony Burke is Professor of Environmental Politics and International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Australia, convenor of its Environment & Governance Research Group, and a principal at the Planet Politics Institute. He worked as a Principal Research Officer in the Senate's environment, arts and communications committee (1999-2000), where he co-authored reports on the ABC, the Jabiluka uranium mine, and Australia's response to climate change.

Research Interests

Anthony is an interdisciplinary scholar who works at the intersection of political theory, philosophy, the environmental humanities, and international relations and law. He is an expert in global climate and biodiversity governance, green political philosophy, nuclear politics, and international security. He is co-editor of the Palgrave Series in Environmental Politics and Theory, and the publisher and an editor of the Borderlands journal. He is a Senior Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project and was co-lead of UNSW's Grand Challenge on Thriving in the Anthropocene.

Most recently, he has published on "Interspecies Cosmopolitanism" (RIS) and "An architecture for net zero" (Global Policy), and (with Stefanie Fishel) is completing a book manuscript, The Ecology Politic: Power, Law and Earth After the Holocene.

He is author of Uranium (Polity Press, 2017), Ethics and Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach (with Katrina Lee-Koo and Matt McDonald, Routledge 2014), Beyond Security Ethics and Violence: War Against The Other (Routledge, 2007), Fear of Security: Australia's Invasion Anxiety (2nd edn. Cambridge University Press, 2008; 1st edn. Pluto Press, 2001). He is editor of Global Insecurity: Futures of Global Chaos and Governance (with Rita Parker, Palgrave, 2017), Ethical Security Studies: A New Research Agenda (with Jonna Nyman, Routledge 2016), Nuclear Politics: Beyond Positivism (Critical Studies on Security, 2016) and (with Matt McDonald) Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific (Manchester, 2007).

He has published scholarly work in Nature, The Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, Angelaki, Ethics and International Affairs, Global Policy, Earth System Governance, Critical Studies on Security, and International Affairs.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of International Politics, The University of New South Wales


  • 1999 
    Australian National University, Politics and International Relations