Dr Kezia Barker

Lecturer in Geography at Birkbeck, University of London


I'm Kezia, a geographer at Birkbeck, University of London. I research and write about how we imagine, secure or prepare for different environmental futures. This has included biosecurity in New Zealand and health security and infectious disease in the UK, biosurveillance, and visions of alternative food systems. I trace these issues through policy papers and scientific knowledges, media representations, public understandings and everyday practices. I draw on textual analysis, interviews and getting stuck in - spending time learning from people. I am currently interested in how environmental crises prompt resourcefulness, self-reliance and skill development. 


I joined Birkbeck as a lecturer in 2008 after a fixed-term lectureship at the University of Southampton. I have a PhD in Geography and MSc in Environment, Science and Society from UCL, and an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh.


Select Publications

If you would like a copy of any of these, please email me k.barker@bbk.ac.uk 


  • Barker, K (2015) Biosecurity: securing circulations from the microbe to the macrocosm. The Geographical Journal, vol 181 (4) pp 357-365.

  • Dobson A, Barker K and Taylor S (2013) Biosecurity: The Socio-Politics of Invasive Species and Infectious Disease, Earthscan from Routledge, UK.

  • Barker, K (2012) Infectious insecurities: H1N1 and the politics of emerging infectious disease. Health & Place 18 (4), pp. 695-700. 

  • Barker, K (2012) Influenza preparedness and the bureaucratic reflex: anticipating and generating the 2009 H1N1 event. Health & Place 18 (4), pp. 701-709. 

  • Barker, K (2010) Biosecure citizenship: politicising symbiotic associations and the construction of biological threat. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35 (3), pp. 350-363.

  • Barker K (2009) ‘Garden Terrorists and the War on Weeds’, in K Dodds and A Ingram (eds.) Spaces of Security and Insecurity: New Geographies of the War on Terror, Ashgate, UK.

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