Dr Andrew Barry


BA DPhil

Andrew Barry is Professor of Human Geography at UCL. Prof. Barry studied Natural Sciences and the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. He subsequently held a joint SERC/ESRC studentship at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, where he completed his DPhil in Science and Technology Studies in 1988. This was followed by Lectureships in the Department of Human Sciences at Brunel University (1987-91) and the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths’ College (1991-2006). Andrew moved to Oxford University in 2006, where he was Reader in Geography and subsequently Professor of Political Geography in the School of Geography and the Environment, and a Fellow at St Catherine’s College. While at Oxford, he was Academic Director of the Masters’ programme in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy and co-convenor of the Technological Natures Research group. He has continued to be involved in a series of innovative initiatives in social and geographical theory, which have led to the publication of edited collections of papers relating to the work of Michel Foucault (Foucault and Political Reason), Michel Callon (The Technological Economy) and Gabriel Tarde.

 Recent Publications


  1. (2012) edited with Georgina Born, Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences, London: Routledge
  2. (2005) edited with Don Slater, The Technological Economy, London: Routledge
  3. (2001) Political Machines: Governing a Technological Society, London: Athlone


  1. (2010) ‘Materialist Politics: Metallurgy’ in Bruce Braun and Sarah Whatmore (eds.) Political Matter: Technoscience, Democracy and Public Life, Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 89-118
  2. (2010)  (with Georgina Born) ‘Art-Science: from Public Understanding to Public Experiment’, Journal of Cultural Economy, 3, 1, 103-119
  3. (2010) ‘Networks’, Radical Philosophy, 165, 35-41
  4. (2010) ‘Transparency as a Political Device’, in Madeleine Akrich et al (eds) Débordements, Paris: Presses des Mines, 21-40
  5. (2010) ‘Tarde’s Method: Between Statistics and Experimentation’, in Matei Candea (ed) The Social after Tarde: Debates and Assessments, London: Routledge, 177-190
  6. (2009) ‘Visible Invisibility’, New Geographies, 3, 67-74
  7. (2008)  (with Georgina Born and Gisa Weszkalnys) ‘Logics of Interdisciplinarity’, Economy and Society, 37, 1, 20-49
  8. (2007) (with Nigel Thrift) ‘Gabriel Tarde: Imitation, Invention and Economy’, Economy and Society, 36, 4, 509-525
  9. (2006) ‘Technological Zones’, European Journal of Social Theory, 9, 2, 239-253
  10. (2005) ‘Pharmaceutical Matters: the Invention of Informed Materials’, Theory, Culture and Society, 22,1, 51-69