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Dr Kezia Barker

Lecturer in Environmental Studies


  • Kezia’s first degree was in Geography at Edinburgh University (2003). She then undertook an MSc in Science, Environment and Society in the Geography Department at UCL (2004), followed by a PhD in the same department (2008), working with Professor Gail Davies and Professor Jacquie Burgess, funded by an ESRC award. After a fixed term lectureship in the Geography department at Southampton University, Kezia joined Birkbeck in 2008.

Research interests

    • Institutional and alternative environmental futures
    • Biosecurity discourses, technologies and practices
    • Biopolitical and geographical theories of security
    • Food security and alternative food futures
    • Geographies of environmental knowledge and expertise
    • Environmental publics, citizenship, identity and subjectivity
    • Nonhuman geographies

Research listings

  • Kezia is a geographer with research interests in the intersection between environmental governance and political and cultural productions of nature. Kezia has specialised in understanding how natures and human-nonhuman associations are negotiated by the complex machinery of environmental regulation, and how that apparatus is challenged and responds to mobility, uncertainty and change. Her on-going research focuses on biosecurity policy-making, surveillance and enforcement practices in New Zealand, the UK and Galápagos, and on the production of alternative farming futures through programmes to train the next generation of sustainable farmers.


  • Module convenor and lecturer for the undergraduate modules ‘Humans and the Environment’, ‘Environment and Security’ and the MSc module Critical Geographies of Nature.
  • Programme Director MSc Geography


  • Christina Zoi Siamanta, The making of ‘green Greece’? A political ecology analysis of economic crisis, ‘green growth’ and neoliberal conservation.
  • Andrea Deri, Local ecological knowledge for resilience: an analysis of fishing communities in Lakshwadeep, India.


Professional Membership

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society


  • Kezia was co-organiser of the ESRC funded seminar series ‘The Socio-Politics of Biosecurity: Science, Policy, Practice’ from 2009-2012, with colleagues Professor Andrew Dobson (PI) and Dr Sarah Taylor from Keele University. Details of the seminars, abstracts and participants can be found here:

Contact details

+ 44 (0)20 3073 8442