Aurora Fredriksen

Aurora Fredriksen


  • Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Geography

Personal profile


Aurora’s work explores the spaces where the ordinary and crisis coexist, with a particular focus on emplaced encounters with planetary environmental change. She has engaged with these themes in research and writing on ecological disorientation in the Anthropocene, on conflicting environmental values in disputes over renewable energy infrastructures, and on the global imaginaries and technologies of humanitarian crisis response. Aurora works with visual and mobile methods and is interested in developing creative and interdisciplinary research collaborations. 

She joined the department of Geography in July 2016 as a Simon Research Fellow before starting as a Lecturer in 2018. Prior to that she was based at the Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value in IDPM (now GDI) following completion of a PhD in Sociology at Columbia University in New York. 

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Wildlife geographies 
  • Anthropocene / Plantationocene
  • ecological crisis
  • affect and emotion
  • feminist science studies
  • value and valuation 



I teach broadly in cultural and environmental geography with specific teaching expertise in animal and plant geographies, landscape and the Anthropocene. 

In recent years I have taught on the following units:

GEOG30701 Wildlife in the Anthropocene 

GEOG31011 Decolonising Geographies: Theory, Methods, Praxis

GEOG10432 Introducing Human Geographies 

GEOG20072 Research Design and Fieldwork: Barcelona  


Supervision information

Current PhD students:

Matthew Varco, Eco-fascism and political ecologies of the far-right in Germany (supervised with Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw)

Caitlin Morrissey, Making up the global city: the financing and governing of urban infrastructural futures (supervised with Kevin Ward, Michele Acutu (Univ of Melbourne, and Crystal Legacy (Univ of Melboune))

Grace Tudor-Worrall, To what extent is posthuman resistance possible? Becoming posthuman in the Anthropocene (supervised with Sherilyn MacGregor.

Ana Lambert Grossi, A liminal space: boundary organisations at the crossroads of GEC in the Amazon (supervised with Noel Castree and Rob Bellamy)

Oliver Bignell, Anecdotal Anthropocenes: The role of experiential knowledge in sensing wildfires (supervised with Gareth Clay and Nat O'Gracy)

Yihan Yan, The Governance of Animaling Public Space in Urban China: Dog-related conflicts, spatial regulations, and social exclusion (supervised with Cristina Temenos and Yawei Zhao)

Francisca Vergara Pinto, Understanding risk perceptions and post-eruption reoccupation in recently active volcanic spaces (supervised with Nat O'Grady)

Niamh Nelson-Owens, Agonising about vegan encounters: Exploring the role of vegan activism in the pursuit of (net)zero carbon (supervised with Joe Blakey)


Completed PhD students:

Denise Misleh Heller, Alternatives from within: Analysing local food economic spaces (supervised with Martin Hess and Martin Dodge)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)
  • social and cultural geography
  • society and environment
  • HM Sociology


  • wildlife
  • crisis
  • value
  • Anthropocene


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