About the author

Audra Mitchell is the  CIGI Chair in Global Governance and Ethics at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer 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 ethics, philosophy, anthropology and geography. All of her work has explored, in a variety of contexts and frameworks, how distinct worlds confront and resist large-scale violence. Her current research is focused on several linked themes: 

  • Global extinction: the structural modes of violence that drive extinction.
  • Indigenous knowledges: in particular, the work of contemporary Indigenous philosophers, theorists, thinkers and knowledge-keepers working across multiple cosmovisions and worlds.
  • Worldly ethics and large-scale worlding: reframing global ethics from a perspective attentive to earth and the multiple worlds it nourishes.

You can follow Audra on Twitter: @AudraLMitchell

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

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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