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Professor of Geography, University of Galway

John Morrissey is Professor of Geography and Associate Director of the Moore Institute for Humanities at the University of Galway. He has published widely in the areas of geopolitics, security and international development. His books include: Haven: The Mediterranean Crisis and Human Security (Edward Elgar 2020); The Long War: CENTCOM, Grand Strategy, and Global Security (University of Georgia Press 2017); Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis (Royal Irish Academy 2014; Co-edited); and Negotiating Colonialism (Royal Geographical Society 2003). He was a Government of Ireland Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center in New York, and is a former Quatercentenary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has held additional research fellowships at Virginia Tech, the University of Oxford, and Australian National University. His current research is concerned with critically theorising human security in the wake of COVID-19 and wider global human-environmental crises. In 2021, he was appointed International Consultant on Human Security in the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations. For over 10 years, he has been Programme Director of University of Galway’s award-winning MA in Environment, Society and Development, which addresses key challenges of international relations, global governance and sustainable development, and involves students working on the ground with the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia. Professor Morrissey has won the President's Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Galway on two occasions, and is a past recipient of the NAIRTL Irish National Academy Award for Research and Teaching Excellence.


  • –present
    Professor of Geography, University of Galway


  • 2012 
    National University of Ireland, MA
  • 2000 
    University of Exeter, PhD
  • 1996 
    Trinity College Dublin, BA