Kean Birch

Department of Geography

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director, Science & Technology Studies Program
Senior Associate, Innovation Policy Lab, University of Toronto

Office: Ross Building, N411
Phone: (416)736-2100
Emailkean@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.keanbirch.net/
Secondary websiteyorku.academia.edu/KeanBirch

My research interests centre on the restructuring and transformation of the economy, technoscience and environment. I draw on a range of perspectives from economic geography, economic sociology and science & technology studies.

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Degrees

PhD, Oxford Brookes University
MSc, University of Edinburgh
MA, University of Edinburgh

Professional Leadership

Associate Editor, Science as Culture (2007 - present)

Co-ordinator, IIPPE Neoliberalism Working Group (2008 - present)

Editorial Board Member, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology (2014-17)

Advisory Panel, Changing Political Economy of Research and Innovation (CPERI) Annual Workshops (2016 - present)

Visiting Scholar, Department of Business & Politics, Copenhagen Business School (2017)

Visiting Professor, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University of Munich (2017)

Community Contributions

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) Workshop, Climate change, sustainable infrastructure and the implications for engineers, 13 Janurary 2014 - details here.

Research Interests

Innovation, Science and Technology , Bio-economy & biofuels, Hi-tech finance, Sustainability transitions

Selected Publications

Birch, K. (forthcoming 2017) A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Birch, K. et al. (2017) Business and Society: A Critical Introduction, London: Zed Books.

Birch, K. (2017) Rethinking value in the bio-economy: Finance, assetization and the management of value, Science, Technology and Human Values 42(3): 460-490 [Open access].

Birch, K. (2017) Commentary: Towards a theory of rentiership, Dialogues in Human Geography 7(1): 109-111.

Calvert, K., Kedron, P., Baka, J. and Birch, K. (2017) Geographical perspectives on sociotechnical transitions and emerging bio-economies: introduction to a special issue, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 29(5): 477-485.

Current Research Projects

Selected Publications

Birch, K. (forthcoming 2017) A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Birch, K. et al. (2017) Business and Society: A Critical Introduction, London: Zed Books.

Birch, K. (2017) Rethinking value in the bio-economy: Finance, assetization and the management of value, Science, Technology and Human Values 42(3): 460-490 [Open access].

Birch, K. (2017) Commentary: Towards a theory of rentiership, Dialogues in Human Geography 7(1): 109-111.

Calvert, K., Kedron, P., Baka, J. and Birch, K. (2017) Geographical perspectives on sociotechnical transitions and emerging bio-economies: introduction to a special issue, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 29(5): 477-485.

All Publications

Books

Birch, K. (under contract) Neoliberal Bio-economies? The Co-construction of Markets and Natures, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Birch, K. (forthcoming 2017) A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Birch, K. et al. (2017) Business and Society: A Critical Introduction, London: Zed Books.

Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (eds) (2016) The Handbook of Neoliberalism, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. (2016) Innovation, Regional Development and the Life Sciences: Beyond Clusters, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. (2015) We Have Never Been Neoliberal: A Manifesto for a Doomed Youth, Winchester: Zer0 Books.

Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V. (eds) (2010) The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order?, London: Zed Books.

Book Chapters

Birch, K., Tyfield, D. and Chiappetta, M. (forthcoming 2018) From neoliberalizing research to researching neoliberalism: STS, rentiership and the emergence of commons 2.0, in D. Cahill, M. Konings and M. Cooper (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism, London: SAGE.

Chiappetta, M. and Birch, K. (forthcoming) The limits to biocapital, in S. Hilgartner et al. (eds) , The Handbook of Genomics, Health, and Society, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. (2017) Financing technoscience: Finance, assetization and rentiership, in D. Tyfield, R. Lave, S. Randalls and C. Thorpe (eds), The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of Science, London: Routledge.

Calvert, K., Birch, K. and Mabee, W. (2017) New perspectives on an old energy resource: Biomass and emerging bio-economies, in S. Bouzarovski, M. Pasqualetti and V. Castan Broto (eds), The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. (2016) Financial economics and business schools: Legitimating corporate monopoly, reproducing neoliberalism?, in Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (eds) The Handbook of Neoliberalism, London: Routledge.

Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (2016) An introduction to neoliberalism, in Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (eds) The Handbook of Neoliberalism, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. and Wudrich, D. (2015) (Re) building sustainable infrastructure: The implications for engineers, in C. Lipsig-Mumme and S. McBride (eds) Work in a Warming World, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Birch, K. and Whittam, G. (2012) Social entrepreneurship, in Entrepreneurship and Small Firms by D. Deakins and M. Freel. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill (6th Edition).

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2012) Industrial transition in knowledge-based sectors: Changing economic governance and institutional arrangements in the Scottish life sciences, in M.Fromhold-Eisebith and M. Fuchs (eds), Industrial Transition. New Global-Local Patterns of Production, Work, and Innovation, Farnham: Ashgate.

Levidow, L., Papaioannou, T. and Birch, K. (2012) Neoliberalising Technoscience and Environment: EU Policy for Competitive, Sustainable Biofuels, in L. Pellizzoni and M. Ylönen (eds), Neoliberalism and Technoscience: Critical Assessments, Farnham: Ashgate Publishers.

Whittam, G. and Birch, K. (2011) Market madness or the road to salvation? A critical review of the social enterprise agenda, in A. Southern (ed.), Enterprise, Deprivation and Social Exclusion: The Role of Small Business in Addressing Social and Economic Inequalities, London: Routledge, pp.239-253.

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2011) Alliance-driven governance in Scottish life science commodity chains and its contribution to regional development, in M. Jones, C. Wheeler and P. Dimitratos (eds), International Entrepreneurship: Business Ventures in Life Sciences, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.139-155.

Birch, K. and Tickell, A. (2010) Making neoliberal order in the United States, in K. Birch and V. Mykhnenko (eds), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism, London: Zed Books, pp.42-59.

Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V. (2010) Introduction: A world turned right-way up, in K. Birch and V. Mykhnenko (eds), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism, London: Zed Books, pp.1-20.

Mykhnenko, V. and Birch, K. (2010) Conclusion: The end of an economic order?, in K. Birch and V. Mykhnenko (eds), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism, London: Zed Books, pp.255-268.

Birch, K. (2007) The knowledge-space dynamic in the British biotechnology industry: Function, relation and association, in P. Cooke and D. Schwartz (eds), Creative Regions: Technology, Culture and Knowledge Entrepreneurship, London: Routledge, pp.148-168.

Birch, K. (2007) The social construction of the biotech industry, in P. Glasner, P. Atkinson and H. Greenslade (eds), New Genetics, New Social Formations, London: Routledge, pp.94-113.

Journal Articles

Birch, K. (forthcoming) The problem of bio-concepts: Biopolitics, bio-economy and the political economy of nothing, Cultural Studies of Science Education.

Tim-adical Writing Collective (forthcoming) Vulnerabilities, complicities and injustices: 'Tim-adical' actions for change in the neoliberal academy, ephemera: theory & politics in organization.

Birch, K. (forthcoming) Materiality and sustainability transitions: Integrating climate change into transport infrastructure in Ontario, Canada, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation.

Birch, K. (forthcoming 2017) Introduction: Techno-economic assumptions, Science as Culture 26(4).

Birch, K. (2017) Rethinking value in the bio-economy: Finance, assetization and the management of value, Science, Technology and Human Values 42(3): 460-490 [Open access].

Birch, K. (2017) Commentary: Towards a theory of rentiership, Dialogues in Human Geography 7(1): 109-111.

Calvert, K., Kedron, P., Baka, J. and Birch, K. (2017) Geographical perspectives on sociotechnical transitions and emerging bio-economies: introduction to a special issue, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 29(5): 477-485.

Birch, K. (2016) Market vs. contract? The implications of contractual theories of corporate governance to the analysis of neoliberalism, ephemera: theory & politics in organization 16(1): 107-133. [Open access]

Birch, K. and Siemiatycki, M. (2016) Neoliberalism and the geographies of marketization: The entangling of state and markets, Progress in Human Geography 40(2): 177-198.

Birch, K. (2016) Emergent policy imaginaries and fragmented policy frameworks in the Canadian bio-economy, Sustainability 8(10): 1-16. [Open access]

Birch, K., Dove, E., Chiappetta, M. and Gursoy, U. (2016) Biobanks in oral health: Promises and implications of 'post-neoliberal' patterns of science and innovation, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology 20(1): 36-41.

Birch, K. and Calvert, K. (2015) Rethinking 'drop-in' biofuels: On the political materialities of bioenergy , Science and Technology Studies 28 (1): 52-72. [Open access]

Birch, K. (2015) Neoliberalism: The whys and wherefores ... and future directions, Sociology Compass 9(7): 571-584.

Dove, E. et al. (2015) An appeal to the global health community for a tripartite innovation: An “Essential Diagnostics List,” “Health in All Policies,” and “See-Through 21st Century Science and Ethics”, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology 19(8).

Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V. (2014) Lisbonizing vs. financializing Europe? The Lisbon Strategy and the (un-)making of the European knowledge-based economy. Environment and Planning C 32(1): 108-128.

Birch, K., Levidow, L. and Papaioannou, T. (2014) Self-fulfilling prophecies of the European knowledge-based bio-economy: The discursive shaping of institutional and policy frameworks in the bio-pharmaceuticals sector. Journal of the Knowledge Economy 5(1): 1-18..

Ponte, S. and Birch, K. (2014) Introduction: Imaginaries and governance of biofueled futures, Environment and Planning A 46(2) 271–279. [Open access]

Levidow, L., Papaioannou, T. and Birch, K. (2013) Divergent Paradigms of European Agro-Food Innovation: The Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) as an R&D Agenda. Science, Technology and Human Values 38(1): 94-125.

Birch, K. and Tyfield, D. (2013) Theorizing the bioeconomy: Biovalue, biocapital, bioeconomics or …what?, Science, Technology and Human Values 38(3): 299-327.

Birch, K. (2013) The political economy of technoscience: An emerging research agenda, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 7(1): 49-61. [Open Access]

Birch, K. (2012) Knowledge, place and power: Geographies of value in the bioeconomy. New Genetics and Society 31(2): 183-201

Levidow, L., Birch, K. and Papaioannou, T. (2012) EU agri-innovation policy: Two contending visions of the knowledge-based bio-economy. Critical Policy Studies 6(1): 40-66.

The SIGJ2 Writing Collective (2012) What can we do? The challenge of being new academics in neoliberal universities, Antipode 44(4): 1055-1058. [Open access]

Birch, K. (2011) Weakness as strength in the Scottish life sciences: Institutional embedding of knowledge-based commodity chains in a less-favoured region. Growth and Change 42(1): 71-96.

Birch, K., Levidow, L. and Papaioannou, T. (2010) Sustainable Capital? The neoliberalization of nature and knowledge in the European knowledge-based bio-economy, Sustainability 2(9): 2898-2918. [Open access]

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2010) Knowledge, space and economic governance: The implications of knowledge-based commodity chains for less-favoured regions. Environment and Planning A 42(11): 2581-2601.

Birch, K., MacKinnon, D. and Cumbers, A. (2010) Old industrial regions in Europe: A comparative assessment of economic performance. Regional Studies 44(1): 35-53.

Birch, K. (2009) The knowledge-space dynamic in the UK bioeconomy. Area 41(3): 273–284.

Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V. (2009) Varieties of neoliberalism? Restructuring in large industrially-dependent regions across Western and Eastern Europe. Journal of Economic Geography 9(3): 355-380.

Pike, A., Birch, K., Cumbers, A., MacKinnon, D. and McMaster, R. (2009) Rejoinder: A geographical political economy of evolution in economic geography. Economic Geography 85(2): 175-182.

MacKinnon, D., Cumbers, A., Pike, A., Birch, K. and McMaster, R. (2009) Evolution in economic geography: Institutions, political economy and adaptation. Economic Geography 85(2): 129-150

Birch, K. and Whittam, G. (2008) Critical survey: The third sector and the regional development of social capital. Regional Studies 42(3): 437-450.

Birch, K. (2008) Alliance-driven governance: Applying a global commodity chains approach to the UK biotechnology industry. Economic Geography 84(1): 83-103.

Birch, K. (2008) Neoliberalising bioethics: Bias, enhancement and economistic ethics, Genomics, Society and Policy 4(2): 1-10. [Open access]

Birch, K. (2007) Knowledge, space and biotechnology. Geography Compass 1(5): 1097-1117.

Birch, K. (2007) The virtual bioeconomy: The ‘failure’ of performativity and the implications for bioeconomics. Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory 8(1): 83-99.

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2007) Public sector spending and the Scottish economy: Crowding out or adding value? Scottish Affairs 58: 36-56.

Birch, K. (2007) Review article: The totalitarian corporation? Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 8(1): 153-161.

Birch, K. (2006) The neoliberal underpinnings of the bioeconomy: The ideological discourses and practices of economic competitiveness, Genomics, Society and Policy 2(3): 1-15. [Open access]

Birch, K. (2006) Introduction: Biofutures/Biopresents. Science as Culture 15(3): 173-181.

Birch, K. (2005) Beneficence, determinism and justice: An engagement with the argument for the genetic selection of intelligence, Bioethics 19(1): 12-28.


My research interests centre on the restructuring and transformation of the economy, technoscience and environment. I draw on a range of perspectives from economic geography, economic sociology and science & technology studies.

Degrees

PhD, Oxford Brookes University
MSc, University of Edinburgh
MA, University of Edinburgh

Professional Leadership

Associate Editor, Science as Culture (2007 - present)

Co-ordinator, IIPPE Neoliberalism Working Group (2008 - present)

Editorial Board Member, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology (2014-17)

Advisory Panel, Changing Political Economy of Research and Innovation (CPERI) Annual Workshops (2016 - present)

Visiting Scholar, Department of Business & Politics, Copenhagen Business School (2017)

Visiting Professor, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University of Munich (2017)

Community Contributions

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) Workshop, Climate change, sustainable infrastructure and the implications for engineers, 13 Janurary 2014 - details here.

Research Interests:

Innovation, Science and Technology , Bio-economy & biofuels, Hi-tech finance, Sustainability transitions

Current Research Projects

All Publications

Books

Birch, K. (under contract) Neoliberal Bio-economies? The Co-construction of Markets and Natures, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Birch, K. (forthcoming 2017) A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Birch, K. et al. (2017) Business and Society: A Critical Introduction, London: Zed Books.

Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (eds) (2016) The Handbook of Neoliberalism, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. (2016) Innovation, Regional Development and the Life Sciences: Beyond Clusters, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. (2015) We Have Never Been Neoliberal: A Manifesto for a Doomed Youth, Winchester: Zer0 Books.

Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V. (eds) (2010) The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order?, London: Zed Books.

Book Chapters

Birch, K., Tyfield, D. and Chiappetta, M. (forthcoming 2018) From neoliberalizing research to researching neoliberalism: STS, rentiership and the emergence of commons 2.0, in D. Cahill, M. Konings and M. Cooper (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism, London: SAGE.

Chiappetta, M. and Birch, K. (forthcoming) The limits to biocapital, in S. Hilgartner et al. (eds) , The Handbook of Genomics, Health, and Society, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. (2017) Financing technoscience: Finance, assetization and rentiership, in D. Tyfield, R. Lave, S. Randalls and C. Thorpe (eds), The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of Science, London: Routledge.

Calvert, K., Birch, K. and Mabee, W. (2017) New perspectives on an old energy resource: Biomass and emerging bio-economies, in S. Bouzarovski, M. Pasqualetti and V. Castan Broto (eds), The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. (2016) Financial economics and business schools: Legitimating corporate monopoly, reproducing neoliberalism?, in Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (eds) The Handbook of Neoliberalism, London: Routledge.

Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (2016) An introduction to neoliberalism, in Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (eds) The Handbook of Neoliberalism, London: Routledge.

Birch, K. and Wudrich, D. (2015) (Re) building sustainable infrastructure: The implications for engineers, in C. Lipsig-Mumme and S. McBride (eds) Work in a Warming World, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Birch, K. and Whittam, G. (2012) Social entrepreneurship, in Entrepreneurship and Small Firms by D. Deakins and M. Freel. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill (6th Edition).

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2012) Industrial transition in knowledge-based sectors: Changing economic governance and institutional arrangements in the Scottish life sciences, in M.Fromhold-Eisebith and M. Fuchs (eds), Industrial Transition. New Global-Local Patterns of Production, Work, and Innovation, Farnham: Ashgate.

Levidow, L., Papaioannou, T. and Birch, K. (2012) Neoliberalising Technoscience and Environment: EU Policy for Competitive, Sustainable Biofuels, in L. Pellizzoni and M. Ylönen (eds), Neoliberalism and Technoscience: Critical Assessments, Farnham: Ashgate Publishers.

Whittam, G. and Birch, K. (2011) Market madness or the road to salvation? A critical review of the social enterprise agenda, in A. Southern (ed.), Enterprise, Deprivation and Social Exclusion: The Role of Small Business in Addressing Social and Economic Inequalities, London: Routledge, pp.239-253.

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2011) Alliance-driven governance in Scottish life science commodity chains and its contribution to regional development, in M. Jones, C. Wheeler and P. Dimitratos (eds), International Entrepreneurship: Business Ventures in Life Sciences, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.139-155.

Birch, K. and Tickell, A. (2010) Making neoliberal order in the United States, in K. Birch and V. Mykhnenko (eds), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism, London: Zed Books, pp.42-59.

Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V. (2010) Introduction: A world turned right-way up, in K. Birch and V. Mykhnenko (eds), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism, London: Zed Books, pp.1-20.

Mykhnenko, V. and Birch, K. (2010) Conclusion: The end of an economic order?, in K. Birch and V. Mykhnenko (eds), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism, London: Zed Books, pp.255-268.

Birch, K. (2007) The knowledge-space dynamic in the British biotechnology industry: Function, relation and association, in P. Cooke and D. Schwartz (eds), Creative Regions: Technology, Culture and Knowledge Entrepreneurship, London: Routledge, pp.148-168.

Birch, K. (2007) The social construction of the biotech industry, in P. Glasner, P. Atkinson and H. Greenslade (eds), New Genetics, New Social Formations, London: Routledge, pp.94-113.

Journal Articles

Birch, K. (forthcoming) The problem of bio-concepts: Biopolitics, bio-economy and the political economy of nothing, Cultural Studies of Science Education.

Tim-adical Writing Collective (forthcoming) Vulnerabilities, complicities and injustices: 'Tim-adical' actions for change in the neoliberal academy, ephemera: theory & politics in organization.

Birch, K. (forthcoming) Materiality and sustainability transitions: Integrating climate change into transport infrastructure in Ontario, Canada, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation.

Birch, K. (forthcoming 2017) Introduction: Techno-economic assumptions, Science as Culture 26(4).

Birch, K. (2017) Rethinking value in the bio-economy: Finance, assetization and the management of value, Science, Technology and Human Values 42(3): 460-490 [Open access].

Birch, K. (2017) Commentary: Towards a theory of rentiership, Dialogues in Human Geography 7(1): 109-111.

Calvert, K., Kedron, P., Baka, J. and Birch, K. (2017) Geographical perspectives on sociotechnical transitions and emerging bio-economies: introduction to a special issue, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 29(5): 477-485.

Birch, K. (2016) Market vs. contract? The implications of contractual theories of corporate governance to the analysis of neoliberalism, ephemera: theory & politics in organization 16(1): 107-133. [Open access]

Birch, K. and Siemiatycki, M. (2016) Neoliberalism and the geographies of marketization: The entangling of state and markets, Progress in Human Geography 40(2): 177-198.

Birch, K. (2016) Emergent policy imaginaries and fragmented policy frameworks in the Canadian bio-economy, Sustainability 8(10): 1-16. [Open access]

Birch, K., Dove, E., Chiappetta, M. and Gursoy, U. (2016) Biobanks in oral health: Promises and implications of 'post-neoliberal' patterns of science and innovation, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology 20(1): 36-41.

Birch, K. and Calvert, K. (2015) Rethinking 'drop-in' biofuels: On the political materialities of bioenergy , Science and Technology Studies 28 (1): 52-72. [Open access]

Birch, K. (2015) Neoliberalism: The whys and wherefores ... and future directions, Sociology Compass 9(7): 571-584.

Dove, E. et al. (2015) An appeal to the global health community for a tripartite innovation: An “Essential Diagnostics List,” “Health in All Policies,” and “See-Through 21st Century Science and Ethics”, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology 19(8).

Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V. (2014) Lisbonizing vs. financializing Europe? The Lisbon Strategy and the (un-)making of the European knowledge-based economy. Environment and Planning C 32(1): 108-128.

Birch, K., Levidow, L. and Papaioannou, T. (2014) Self-fulfilling prophecies of the European knowledge-based bio-economy: The discursive shaping of institutional and policy frameworks in the bio-pharmaceuticals sector. Journal of the Knowledge Economy 5(1): 1-18..

Ponte, S. and Birch, K. (2014) Introduction: Imaginaries and governance of biofueled futures, Environment and Planning A 46(2) 271–279. [Open access]

Levidow, L., Papaioannou, T. and Birch, K. (2013) Divergent Paradigms of European Agro-Food Innovation: The Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) as an R&D Agenda. Science, Technology and Human Values 38(1): 94-125.

Birch, K. and Tyfield, D. (2013) Theorizing the bioeconomy: Biovalue, biocapital, bioeconomics or …what?, Science, Technology and Human Values 38(3): 299-327.

Birch, K. (2013) The political economy of technoscience: An emerging research agenda, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 7(1): 49-61. [Open Access]

Birch, K. (2012) Knowledge, place and power: Geographies of value in the bioeconomy. New Genetics and Society 31(2): 183-201

Levidow, L., Birch, K. and Papaioannou, T. (2012) EU agri-innovation policy: Two contending visions of the knowledge-based bio-economy. Critical Policy Studies 6(1): 40-66.

The SIGJ2 Writing Collective (2012) What can we do? The challenge of being new academics in neoliberal universities, Antipode 44(4): 1055-1058. [Open access]

Birch, K. (2011) Weakness as strength in the Scottish life sciences: Institutional embedding of knowledge-based commodity chains in a less-favoured region. Growth and Change 42(1): 71-96.

Birch, K., Levidow, L. and Papaioannou, T. (2010) Sustainable Capital? The neoliberalization of nature and knowledge in the European knowledge-based bio-economy, Sustainability 2(9): 2898-2918. [Open access]

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2010) Knowledge, space and economic governance: The implications of knowledge-based commodity chains for less-favoured regions. Environment and Planning A 42(11): 2581-2601.

Birch, K., MacKinnon, D. and Cumbers, A. (2010) Old industrial regions in Europe: A comparative assessment of economic performance. Regional Studies 44(1): 35-53.

Birch, K. (2009) The knowledge-space dynamic in the UK bioeconomy. Area 41(3): 273–284.

Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V. (2009) Varieties of neoliberalism? Restructuring in large industrially-dependent regions across Western and Eastern Europe. Journal of Economic Geography 9(3): 355-380.

Pike, A., Birch, K., Cumbers, A., MacKinnon, D. and McMaster, R. (2009) Rejoinder: A geographical political economy of evolution in economic geography. Economic Geography 85(2): 175-182.

MacKinnon, D., Cumbers, A., Pike, A., Birch, K. and McMaster, R. (2009) Evolution in economic geography: Institutions, political economy and adaptation. Economic Geography 85(2): 129-150

Birch, K. and Whittam, G. (2008) Critical survey: The third sector and the regional development of social capital. Regional Studies 42(3): 437-450.

Birch, K. (2008) Alliance-driven governance: Applying a global commodity chains approach to the UK biotechnology industry. Economic Geography 84(1): 83-103.

Birch, K. (2008) Neoliberalising bioethics: Bias, enhancement and economistic ethics, Genomics, Society and Policy 4(2): 1-10. [Open access]

Birch, K. (2007) Knowledge, space and biotechnology. Geography Compass 1(5): 1097-1117.

Birch, K. (2007) The virtual bioeconomy: The ‘failure’ of performativity and the implications for bioeconomics. Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory 8(1): 83-99.

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2007) Public sector spending and the Scottish economy: Crowding out or adding value? Scottish Affairs 58: 36-56.

Birch, K. (2007) Review article: The totalitarian corporation? Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 8(1): 153-161.

Birch, K. (2006) The neoliberal underpinnings of the bioeconomy: The ideological discourses and practices of economic competitiveness, Genomics, Society and Policy 2(3): 1-15. [Open access]

Birch, K. (2006) Introduction: Biofutures/Biopresents. Science as Culture 15(3): 173-181.

Birch, K. (2005) Beneficence, determinism and justice: An engagement with the argument for the genetic selection of intelligence, Bioethics 19(1): 12-28.