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Kean Birch

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Department of Geography

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director, Science & Technology Studies Program
Co-Editor, Science as Culture

Office: Ross Building, N411
Phone: (416)736-2100
Email: kean@yorku.ca
Primary website: http://www.keanbirch.net/
Secondary website: Google Scholar

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I am particularly interested in understanding technoscientific capitalism and draw on a range of perspectives from science & technology studies, economic geography, and economic sociology to study it. More specifically, my research focuses on the restructuring and transformation of the economy & financial knowledges, technoscience & technoscientific innovation, and the relationship between markets & natural environments. Currently, I am researching how different things (e.g. knowledge, personality, loyalty, etc.) are turned into 'assets' & how economic rents are then captured from those assets - basically, in processes of assetization and rentiership. I have a newly-funded project on this topic called "From entrepreneurship to rentiership: The changing dynamics of innovation in technoscientific capitalism" (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2018-2023). I have also just received external funding to support another project on "The changing landscape of academic journal publishing and its impact on interdisciplinary social science fields: The case of science & technology studies (STS)" with Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2019-2020).

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Degrees

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

Professional Leadership

Co-Editor, Science as Culture (2007 - present)

Editorial Board Member, Science, Technology & Human Values (2018 - present)

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

Scientific Advisory Board, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University Munich (2019 - present)

At-large Board Member, AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group (2018-2019)

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)

Affiliate, Innovation Policy Lab, University of Toronto (2016 - present)

Community Contributions

The Conversation, 'Personal data isn’t the ‘new oil,’ it’s a way to manipulate capitalism' (5 November 2019) - see here.

Globe & Mail opinion piece, 'Canada has taken a perilous road to an asset-based economy' (22 September 2019) - see here.

Globe & Mail opinion piece, 'Intellectual property might not be the best way to drive Canada’s future economy' (05 August 2019) - see here.

Globe & Mail opinion piece, 'Five reasons Canada’s Digital Charter will be a bust before it even gets going' (24 May 2019) - see here.

Globe & Mail opinion piece, 'We must consider what can happen if our personal data become a private asset' (26 November 2018) - see here.

TIDE TV Hamburg talk, 'Towards a theory of rentiership in technoscientific capitalism' (4 May 2018), - see here.

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

Research Interests

Innovation , Science and Technology, Bio-economy & biofuels, Assets, assetization & rentiership, Hi-tech finance & financialization, Sustainability transitions
Books

Publication
Year

Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (eds) (forthcoming 2020) Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

2020

Birch, K. (2019) Neoliberal Bio-economies? The Co-construction of Markets and Natures, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2019

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

2017

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2010

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (forthcoming 2020) Conclusion: The future of assetization studies, in Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (eds) Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

2020

Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (forthcoming 2020) Introduction: Assetization and technoscientific capitalism, in Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (eds) Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

2020

Birch, K., Tyfield, D. and Chiappetta, M. (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.

2018

Chiappetta, M. and Birch, K. (2018) The limits to biocapital, in S. Hilgartner et al. (eds) , The Handbook of Genomics, Health, and Society, London: Routledge.

2018

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.

2017

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.

2017

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.

2016

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.

2016

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.

2015

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

2012

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.

2012

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.

2012

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.

2011

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.

2011

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.

2010

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.

2010

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.

2010

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.

2007

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.

2007

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Birch, K. (2020) Technoscience Rent: Toward a Theory of Rentiership for Technoscientific Capitalism, Science, Technology and Human Values 45(1): 3-33 [Open Access].

2020

Birch, K. and Springer, S. (2019) Peak neoliberalism? Revisiting and rethinking neoliberalism as a concept , ephemera: theory & politics in organization 19(3): 467-485 [Open Access].

2019

Birch, K. (2018) What is the asset condition, European Journal of Sociology 59(3): 500-506.

2018

Birch, K. (2017) The problem of bio-concepts: Biopolitics, bio-economy and the political economy of nothing, Cultural Studies of Science Education 12(4): 915-927.

2017

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].

2017

Tim-adical Writing Collective (2017) Vulnerabilities, complicities and injustices: 'Tim-adical' actions for change in the neoliberal academy, ephemera: theory & politics in organization 17(3): 691-704.

2017

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

2017

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.

2017

Birch, K. (2017) Introduction: Techno-economic assumptions, Science as Culture 26(4): 433-444.

2017

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]

2016

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.

2016

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

2016

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.

2016

Birch, K. (2016) Materiality and sustainability transitions: Integrating climate change into transport infrastructure in Ontario, Canada, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation 34(3-4): 191-206.

2016

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]

2015

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

2015

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).

2015

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.

2014

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..

2014

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

2014

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.

2013

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

2013

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]

2013

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

2012

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.

2012

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]

2012

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.

2011

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]

2010

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.

2010

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.

2010

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

2009

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.

2009

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.

2009

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

2009

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

2008

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

2008

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

2008

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

2007

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.

2007

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

2007

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

2007
2006

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

2006

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

2005


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2019 GS/STS5001 3.0 A Intro. to Science & Technology Studies SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2020 AP/GEOG3050 3.0 M Nature, Power and Society LECT


I am particularly interested in understanding technoscientific capitalism and draw on a range of perspectives from science & technology studies, economic geography, and economic sociology to study it. More specifically, my research focuses on the restructuring and transformation of the economy & financial knowledges, technoscience & technoscientific innovation, and the relationship between markets & natural environments. Currently, I am researching how different things (e.g. knowledge, personality, loyalty, etc.) are turned into 'assets' & how economic rents are then captured from those assets - basically, in processes of assetization and rentiership. I have a newly-funded project on this topic called "From entrepreneurship to rentiership: The changing dynamics of innovation in technoscientific capitalism" (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2018-2023). I have also just received external funding to support another project on "The changing landscape of academic journal publishing and its impact on interdisciplinary social science fields: The case of science & technology studies (STS)" with Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2019-2020).

Degrees

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

Professional Leadership

Co-Editor, Science as Culture (2007 - present)

Editorial Board Member, Science, Technology & Human Values (2018 - present)

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

Scientific Advisory Board, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University Munich (2019 - present)

At-large Board Member, AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group (2018-2019)

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)

Affiliate, Innovation Policy Lab, University of Toronto (2016 - present)

Community Contributions

The Conversation, 'Personal data isn’t the ‘new oil,’ it’s a way to manipulate capitalism' (5 November 2019) - see here.

Globe & Mail opinion piece, 'Canada has taken a perilous road to an asset-based economy' (22 September 2019) - see here.

Globe & Mail opinion piece, 'Intellectual property might not be the best way to drive Canada’s future economy' (05 August 2019) - see here.

Globe & Mail opinion piece, 'Five reasons Canada’s Digital Charter will be a bust before it even gets going' (24 May 2019) - see here.

Globe & Mail opinion piece, 'We must consider what can happen if our personal data become a private asset' (26 November 2018) - see here.

TIDE TV Hamburg talk, 'Towards a theory of rentiership in technoscientific capitalism' (4 May 2018), - see here.

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

Research Interests

Innovation , Science and Technology, Bio-economy & biofuels, Assets, assetization & rentiership, Hi-tech finance & financialization, Sustainability transitions

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (forthcoming 2020) Conclusion: The future of assetization studies, in Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (eds) Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

2020

Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (forthcoming 2020) Introduction: Assetization and technoscientific capitalism, in Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (eds) Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

2020

Birch, K., Tyfield, D. and Chiappetta, M. (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.

2018

Chiappetta, M. and Birch, K. (2018) The limits to biocapital, in S. Hilgartner et al. (eds) , The Handbook of Genomics, Health, and Society, London: Routledge.

2018

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.

2017

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.

2017

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.

2016

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.

2016

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.

2015

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

2012

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.

2012

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.

2012

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.

2011

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.

2011

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.

2010

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.

2010

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.

2010

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.

2007

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.

2007

Books

Publication
Year

Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (eds) (forthcoming 2020) Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

2020

Birch, K. (2019) Neoliberal Bio-economies? The Co-construction of Markets and Natures, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2019

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

2017

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2010

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Birch, K. (2020) Technoscience Rent: Toward a Theory of Rentiership for Technoscientific Capitalism, Science, Technology and Human Values 45(1): 3-33 [Open Access].

2020

Birch, K. and Springer, S. (2019) Peak neoliberalism? Revisiting and rethinking neoliberalism as a concept , ephemera: theory & politics in organization 19(3): 467-485 [Open Access].

2019

Birch, K. (2018) What is the asset condition, European Journal of Sociology 59(3): 500-506.

2018

Birch, K. (2017) The problem of bio-concepts: Biopolitics, bio-economy and the political economy of nothing, Cultural Studies of Science Education 12(4): 915-927.

2017

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].

2017

Tim-adical Writing Collective (2017) Vulnerabilities, complicities and injustices: 'Tim-adical' actions for change in the neoliberal academy, ephemera: theory & politics in organization 17(3): 691-704.

2017

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

2017

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.

2017

Birch, K. (2017) Introduction: Techno-economic assumptions, Science as Culture 26(4): 433-444.

2017

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]

2016

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.

2016

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

2016

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.

2016

Birch, K. (2016) Materiality and sustainability transitions: Integrating climate change into transport infrastructure in Ontario, Canada, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation 34(3-4): 191-206.

2016

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]

2015

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

2015

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).

2015

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.

2014

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..

2014

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

2014

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.

2013

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

2013

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]

2013

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

2012

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.

2012

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]

2012

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.

2011

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]

2010

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.

2010

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.

2010

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

2009

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.

2009

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.

2009

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

2009

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

2008

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

2008

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

2008

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

2007

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.

2007

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

2007

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

2007
2006

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

2006

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

2005


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