About the author

Audra Mitchell is a settler of Ukrainian, Polish, Scottish and English descent who lives and works on the lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg, Attawandaron and Wendat peoples (see Honouring the Land). She currently holds the the  CIGI Chair in Global Governance and Ethics at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at the department of Politics, University of York, UK.

Audra is the author or editor of three books: International Intervention in a Secular Age: Re-enchanting Humanity? (Routledge, 2014),  Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace and Peaceful Conflict in Northern Ireland (Palgrave, 2011) and (ed. with Oliver Richmond) Hybrid Forms of Peace: From the Everyday to Post-liberalism (Palgrave, 2011) . She is also the author of articles in Political Geography,  Security DialogueReview of International Studies, Millennium, Third World Quarterly, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, International Peace-keeping, Alternatives and other international journals. Audra is a fellow of the Independent Social Research Foundation. In Febrary – April 2014, she was a visiting fellow in the School of Political Science and International studies at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Audra’s academic background is rooted in diverse disciplines, including global political ecology, global ecological ethics, philosophy (including Indigenous and Western philosophical systems), anthropology and geography. All of her work has explored, in a variety of contexts and frameworks, how distinct worlds confront, resist and re-world in the face of large-scale, structural violence. Her current research is focused several several linked themes: 

  • Global patterns of structural violence and their impact on extinction (or other forms of ecological violence): the destruction of plants, animals, land, water and the relationships they sustain, by Western globalising social, political and economic formations;
  • Indigenous knowledges, agency and politics, including resurgence, survivance and refusal, and engaging with plural cosmovisions from across earth;
  • Decolonisation and the dismantling of transversal structural violences, including settler colonialism, genocides, environmental racism and extractive violence.

You can follow Audra on Twitter: @AudraLMitchell

Some of Audra’s recent talks and broadcasts are available online:

“(Bio)plurality” UNSW Seminar, 7 February 2017.

The Meaning of Extinction“,  The Philosopher’s Zone, Australian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio, November 2014. Read the blog about the broadcast here. 

“Mass Extinction and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals2030+ Innovation Challenges in Food and Health Security Panel, BSIA, October 2015.

“Posthuman Security” ISRF Podcasts, June 2015.

“Worldly Security”, Security Dialogue Podcasts, December 2014.

“Enormities and the Ethical Geography of Harm”  Posthuman Security Workshop, June 2014.

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