Prof. Andrew Barry


Professor of Political Geography

Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford

Member of the Technological Natures: Materialities, Mobilities, Politics research cluster


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Academic Profile

Andrew Barry joined the School of Geography and the Environment in January 2006. Andrew studied Natural Sciences and the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University and subsequently completed a D.Phil. at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. He has previously held posts at Brunel University and Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he was Reader in Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP). He has been Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Istanbul Technical University and Visiting Scholar at the International Center for Advanced Studies, New York University.

Andrew was the winner of the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize from the British Sociological Association in 2002. He is on the editorial board of Economy and Society, the editorial advisory board of Environment and Planning D; International Political Sociology; Social Movement Studies, the ESF panel of experts (2006-7), and is on the advisory board of the British Film Institute project on 'Moving Images in the Public Sphere'. He has been an invited speaker at numerous events including: Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics; Centre International de Cérisy; École des Mines de Paris; Universities of Rome, Oslo, New South Wales, Auckland, Sciences Politiques, etc.


Current Research

Andrew's research interests span political and economic geography, social and anthropological theory, and science and technology studies. He has recently completed two empirical research projects. One, Social and human rights impact assessment and the governance of technology, is a study of the politics of corporate social responsibility and transparency in the oil industry. This project relates to a broader interest in the role of expertise in political and economic life, developing from his earlier book, Political Machines: Governing a Technological Society (Athlone Press 2001). Following on from this project he has established an School of Geography and the Environment Oil Research Group and is developing a series of further projects on the governance and politics of oil. He has a particular interest in research in Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and was co-organiser (with Meltem Ahiska and Yael Navaro-Yashin) of a conference on 'Thinking through Turkey', held in Cambridge University in June 2007.

A second empirical project, in collaboration with Marilyn Strathern and Georgina Born from Cambridge University, Interdisciplinarity and Society, is a comparative study of interdisciplinary research involving a survey of major interdisciplinary collaborations involving natural scientists and either social scientists and/or artists worldwide.

Andrew has also written widely on social theory and the philosophy of social science, and co-edited collections of papers on Foucault and Political Reason (with Thomas Osborne and Nikolas Rose), the Technological Economy (with Don Slater) and the sociology and philosophy of Gabriel Tarde (with Nigel Thrift). As well as academic publications, he has also recently been involved in a project on political representation with the designer Lucy Kimbell, called Pindices: demonstrating matters of public concern. He is a member of the New Ontologies workshop.


Selected Research Projects


Selected Publications


Prof. Andrew Barry stayed in Germany from 11 March to 20 April 2013. He will come back from 17 June to 17 July 2013.