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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 also 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 has published in the areas of security studies, international ethics, war and peace, Australian culture and foreign policy, Southeast Asian security, Middle-East conflict, refugees, terrorism, and political and international relations theory. He is the 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 ed. Cambridge University Press, 2008), and 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) and (with Matt McDonald) Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific (Manchester, 2007). His current interests include global environmental change and the Anthropocene, cosmopolitanism, new security agendas, human security, and green political thought.


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


  • 1999 
    Australian National University, Politics and International Relations