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Trevor J Barnes

Curriculum Vitae
Professor and Distinguished University Scholar
Department of Geography
1984 West Mall, Room 140C
University of British Columbia
BC V6T 1Z2
Tel. (604) 822-5804
Fax (604) 822-6150

Research Interests

My research interests are in economic geography although I have increasingly wandered from the straight and narrow. I began as a hard nosed spatial scientist (albeit from the other side, political economy). After I was appointed at UBC in 1983, I became interested in understanding my own province, and at the time, the sector that drove its economy, forestry (alas no more). My work has charted more than anything its decline and fall. From the beginning of my studies, even as an undergraduate, I was interested in philosophical questions, and I have taken them up in different forms within economic geography (and best represented by my 1996 book Logics of Dislocation). Spurred by the literature of science studies, I have more recently become interested in where the ideas of economic geography come from, and which has led me into the archives, and from biography to the Cold War.

Current Projects

  • The history of geography’s quantitative revolution
  • The nature and implications of epistemological pluralism for economic geography
  • A comparative institutional analysis of forestry in Canada, Australia and New Zealand (with Roger Hayter and SSHRC funded)
  • The creative industries in Vancouver (with Tom Hutton and part of a MCRI funded project coordinated by David Wolfe and Meric Gertler).