Publications

Books

Birch, K. and Muniesa, F. (eds) (under contract) Turning Things into Assets, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

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

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

Springer, S., Birch, K. and MacLeavy, J. (eds) (2016) The Handbook of Neoliberalism, 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. Introduction free online; Chapter 1 free online

Special Issues

Birch, K. and Springer, S. (forthcoming 2019) Peak neoliberalism? Revisiting and rethinking neoliberalism as a concept, ephemera: theory & politics in organization 19(3) [open access].

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

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.

Ponte, S. and Birch, K. (2014) Introduction: Imaginaries and governance of biofueled futures, Environment and Planning A 46(2) 271 – 279 [Guest editor, Biofueled Futures special issue]. Article free online

Birch, K. (2006) Introduction: Biofutures/Biopresents, Science as Culture 15(3): 173-181 [Guest editor, Biofutures/Biopresents special issue]. Article free online

Commentaries, Responses, & Editorials

Birch, K. (forthcoming) Struggling with neoliberalism: A response to Richard Peet’s review of 'A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism', Human Geography.

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

Birch, K. (2015)  Critical dialogue – Response to Brett Christophers’ “Monopolizing Neoliberalism Away”, Antipode Foundation website (7th April).

Erciyas, K. et al. (2015) Editorial: Dentomics and One Health, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology 19(3): 145-146.

Journal Articles & Review Articles

Birch, K. (2019) Technoscience rent: Towards a theory of rentiership for technoscientific capitalism, Science, Technology and Human Values. [Open Access]

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

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]

Özdemir, V., Dandara, C., Hekim, N., Birch, K., Springer, S., Kunej, T. and Endreny, L. (2017) Stop the spam! Conference ethics and decoding the subtext in post-truth science: What would Denis Diderot say?, OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology 21(11): 658-664.

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

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): 221-234. [Open Access]

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.

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

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

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., 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. Article free online

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. Article free online

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

Levidow, L., Birch, K. and Papaioannou, T. (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. Article free online

Birch, K. (2012) Review essay: An open biotechnology revolution?, Science as Culture 21(3): 415-419.

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. (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. Article free online

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. 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., 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., 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. Article free online

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 [Symposium, Evolutionary Economic Geography].

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 [Symposium, Evolutionary Economic Geography]. Article free online

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

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. Article free online

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. Article free online

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

Birch, K. (2007) Review article: The totalitarian corporation?, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 8(1): 153-161 [Winner of 2007 Stanley G. Payne prize for academic excellence]. Article free online

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

Book Chapters

Chiappetta, M. and Birch, K. (2018) The limits to biocapital, in S. Hilgartner, S. Gibbon, B. Prainsack and J. Lamoreaux (eds), The Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society, London: Routledge.

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

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, pp.47-60.

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, pp.169-181.

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, pp.1-14.

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, pp.320-330.

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, pp.125-141.

Birch, K. and Whittam, G. (2012) Social entrepreneurship, in Entrepreneurship and Small Firms by D. Deakins and M. Freel. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill (6th Edition) [Revised chapter], pp.105-123.

Levidow, L., Papaioannou, T. and Birch, K. (2012) Neoliberalising Technoscience and Environment:  EU Policy for Competitive, Sustainable Biofuels, in Neoliberalism and Technoscience: Critical Assessments by L. Pellizzoni and M. Ylönen (eds). Farnham: Ashgate Publishers, pp.159-186. Chapter free online

Birch, K. and Cumbers, A. (2012) Industrial transition in knowledge-based sectors: Changing economic governance and institutional arrangements in the Scottish life sciences, in Industrial Transition. New Global-Local Patterns of Production, Work, and Innovation by M.Fromhold-Eisebith and M. Fuchs (eds). Farnham: Ashgate, pp.99-115.

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

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

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

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

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

Birch, K. and Whittam, G. (2009) Social entrepreneurship, in Entrepreneurship and Small Firms by D. Deakins and M. Freel. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill (5th Edition), pp.248-264.

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

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

Book Reviews

Clinical Labor (2014) by M. Cooper and C. Waldby, New Genetics and Society 34(4) 2015: 444-446.

The Modern State Subverted: Risk and the Deconstruction of Solidarity (2014) by Giuseppe di Palma, Review of Politics 77(2) 2015: 330-332.

Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (2013) by M. Blyth, Journal of Cultural Economy 7(4) 2014: 524-526.

Constructing Neoliberalism: Economic Transformation in Anglo-American Democracies (2013) by J. Swarts, International Studies Review 16(4) 2014: 647-649.

Economic Globalisation as Religious War: Tragic Convergence (2007) by M. McKinley, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 9(4) 2008: 605-606.

The Changing Economic Geography of Globalization (2006) by G. Vertova (ed.), Economic Geography 84(2) 2008: 243-244.

Growth cultures: the global bioeconomy and its bioregions (2007) by P. Cooke, Journal of Economic Geography 8(2) 2008: 265-266.

Regional Development in the Knowledge Economy (2006) by P. Cooke and A. Piccaluga (eds), Urban Studies 44(8) 2007: 1622-1623.

Biocapital (2006) by K. Sunder Rajan, American Journal of Bioethics 7(6) 2007: 67-69.

Making People Behave (2005) by E. Burney, Urban Studies 43(9) 2006: 1650-1652.

Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide (2005) by A. Hinton, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 7(3) 2006: 393-394.

“A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide (2003) by S. Power, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 6(3) 2005: 427-8.

Ethics and the Business of Bioscience (2004) by M. L. Eaton, American Journal of Bioethics 5(4) 2005: 58-60.

Nazi Medicine and the Nuremberg Trials (2004) by P. Weindling, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 6(1) 2005: 159-160.

Hungry Corporations (2003) by H. Paul and R. Steinbrecher, New Genetics and Society 23(3) 2004: 328-9.