Chair in Human Geography, Department of Geography, University College London
Professor Andrew Barry is the Chair in Human Geography, in the Department of Geography at University College London. His research focuses on the importance of materials and technologies in political and economic life. He has an on-going interest in the importance and political significance of those natural sciences, including construction engineering, chemistry, and the geo- and environmental sciences, which are less concerned with the derivation of general physical principles than with the problem of how to analyse and govern the unruly or lively behaviour of materials in the field.
Professor Barry studied Natural Sciences and the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He subsequently held a joint SERC/ESRC studentship at SPRU, 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).
He 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. He joined the Department of Geography at UCL as Chair of Human Geography in September 2013.