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Andrew Telford

andrew telford

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences


Dr Telford is a lecturer in geography in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. He is the course leader for the BSc Geography programme and teaches on a range of modules linked to geography and environmental science. These include Geographies of Global Change, Cities and Development in the 21st century, Sustainability, Principles and Practice in Geography, and Geographical Politics, Issues and Ethics. He also advises dissertation students and teaches research methods for the Global Food Security and Development MSc course.

Career overview

Dr Telford completed a BA in Geography at Durham University from 2009-12. This was followed by an MA in Geography (Research Methods) (2012-13), and a PhD in Geography (2013-17). His PhD thesis is entitled ‘An exploration of constructions of racial and national identities in US and EU climate security discourses’. From 2017-18, Dr Telford was a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Exeter, with a particular focus on environment and sustainability. In July 2018, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Geography at the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at NTU Brackenhurst.

Research areas

Dr Telford is a human geographer with broad research interests in environmental politics, political geography, climate security, and cultural identities. His research has focused on the role of national identity in climate change politics. For example, his doctoral research explored ideas of American nationhood in discourses about climate change and security, e.g. ideas of ‘American exceptionalism’, ‘American leadership’, and ‘American resilience’. Other common themes across Dr Telford’s research include analysis of racialized identities in debates about climate-induced migration, study of the links between climate change, terrorism, and radicalization, and exploration of broader historical shifts in climate security politics.

External activity

Dr Telford has reviewed for the Geoforum journal

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Telford’s research has been funded by the ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre