Economics, University College London, BSc
University of Minnesota, MA
University of Minnesota, 1983, PhD


I’ve been mainly pursuing various themes in the history of twentieth-century geography. I’ve worked on the role played during the Second World War of several American geographers especially within the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA). More recently, along with Elliott Child, UBC, we’ve looked directly at the roles of the CIA and geographers in the larger project of Cold War Area Studies. At the same time, I’ve also been interested in a parallel group of German geographers during the same period who worked for the Nazis, particularly, the Haushofers, father and son, Walter Christaller, and August Lösch. An interest in the mid-twentieth geographer William Warntz led me to research early computerization, and followed by an examination of its contemporary manifestation, Big Data. I’ve also been interested in early forms of Big Data during the Vietnam War, including as GIS. Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, was a key promoter. Most recently, I’ve looked at some of geography’s 1960s Vietnam War protestors, as well as those concerned with Civil Rights. The most important was Bill Bunge. I’ve published a series of papers specifically on Bunge’s life and works. I am also involved in a larger project concerned to write about the history of North American radical geography from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s. A jointly edited book with Eric Sheppard, Spatial Histories of North American Radical Geography, is in preparation, due out in 2019. In early 2018 I published an experimental textbook in economic geography with Brett Christophers, Economic Geography: A Critical Introduction. And finally, I continue to work with Tom Hutton, School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC, on the innovation economies of Vancouver and Seattle, recently writing briefing papers for Metrovancouver Planning Department.

Honours: Distinguished University Scholar, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Fellow of the British Academy.


BARNES, T. J. 2019 ‘Material for thought’ Political Geography 69(March), 177-179

BARNES, T. J. and CHRISTOPHERS, B. 2019 ‘Book review forum response’ The AAG Review of Books 7(1), 64-67

CHILD, E. C. and BARNES, T. J. 2019 ‘American imperial expansion and area studies without geography’ Journal of Historical Geography 66, 43-54

BARNES, T. J. 2019 The importance of ‘being various’: a commentary on ‘Moving beyond Anglo-American economic geography.’ International Journal of Urban Sciences 23(2), 170-176

BARNES, T. J. 2019 ‘Founder’s Medal’ The Geographical Journal 185(3), 366-367



BARNES, T. J. and CHRISTOPHERS, B. 2018 Economic Geography: A Critical Introduction (Oxford and Chichester: John Wiley and Sons)

BARNES, T. J. 2018 ‘A marginal man and his central contributions: The creative spaces of William (‘Wild Bill’) Bunge and American geography’ Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 50(8), 1697–1715

BARNES, T. J., CHRISTOPHERS, B., NEWMAN, K., PECK, J., POON, J. and YEUNG, H. 2018 ‘Rediscovering space: Environment and Planning enters its second half century’ Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 50(1), 3-4

BARNES, T. J. 2018 ‘Decline and fall?’ Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 50(7), 1496–1499

BARNES, T. J. 2018 ‘A hundred-year classic: Peter Haggett’s Locational Analysis in Human Geography (1965)’ Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 100(3), 294-299

CHILD, E. C. and BARNES, T. J. 2018 ‘American imperial expansion and area studies without geography’ Journal of Historical Geography




BARNES, T. J. 2016 ‘The odd couple: Richard Hartshorne and William Bunge’ The Canadian Geographer 60, 459-465

THATCHER, J., BERGMANN, L., + 23 co-authors including BARNES, T. 2016 ‘Revisiting Critical GIS’ Environment and Planning A 48, 815-824

CAI, Y., YE, C., BARNES, T., BAO, J., JIANG, J., YANG, Y., CAI, X., ZHAO, X., LIU, J., YANG, Y., ZHANG, M., WEI, L., YAO, H., MA, R., HUANG, G. and YAN, B. 2016 ‘Marxist geography and its development in China: Reflections on planning and practice’ Geographical Research 35(8), 1399-1419. In Chinese.

SIEMIATYCKI, E., HUTTON, T. and BARNES, T. J. 2016 ‘Trouble in paradise: Vancouver’s second life in the new economy’ Urban Geography 37, 183-201



CLAYTON, D. and BARNES, T. J. 2015 ‘Continental geographers and World War II’ Journal of Historical Geography 47, 11-16

BARNES, T. J. and ABRAHAMSSON, C. 2015 ‘Tangled complicities and moral struggles: the Haushofers, father and son, and the spaces of Nazi geopolitics’ Journal of Historical Geography 47, 64-73

LEE, S-O., BARNES, T. J. and WAINWRIGHT, J. 2015 ‘Mapping human terrain in the Joint Army-Navy Intelligence Study of Korea (1945)’ The Professional Geographer 67(4), 663-675

BARNES, T. J. 2015 ‘American geography, the social sciences and the Cold War’ Geography Journal 100(3), 126-132

BARNES, T. J. 2015 ‘Afterword: Strategic canonization?’ Journal of Historical Geography 49, 94-95

BARNES, T. J. 2015 ‘American geographers in the Second World War: Spies, teachers and occupiers’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 106, 543-550

BARNES, T. J. 2015 ‘War by number: another quantitative revolution?’ Geopolitics 20(4), 736-740



PECK, J. and BARNES, T. J. 2014 ‘Introduction: Dispatches from the Fifth Summer Institute in Economic Geography’ The Professional Geographer 66(1), 1-3

BARNES, T. J. 2014 ‘Cordon bleu filling. Author meets critics symposium: Verena Conley’s Spatial Ecologies’ Progress in Human Geography 38(1), 160-163

BARNES, T. J. 2014 ‘What’s old is new, and new is old: History and geography’s quantitative revolutions’ Dialogues in Human Geography 4(1), 50-53

BARNES, T. J. 2014 ‘We’re not in Kansas anymore. A response to Joel Wainwright’s Geopiracy’ Human Geography 7(3), 65-69

BARNES, T. J. and WILSON, M. 2014 ‘Big Data, Social Physics, and Spatial Analysis: The Early Years’ Big Data & Society 1(1), 1-14



Winter 2019
No GEOG course(s) were found for W2019 term.Winter 2019
No GEOG course(s) were found for W2019 term.Winter 2019
No GEOG course(s) were found for W2019 term.