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    Dr Anna Barford

    Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
    1 Trumpington Street
    CB2 1QA

    Bye Fellow in Geography



    Degrees & Awards

    • Ph.D in Geography, University of Sheffield
    • MA in Sociology and Social Research, University of Nottingham
    • BA in Geography, University of Cambridge

    Dr Anna Barford is the Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow in Pathways to a Circular Economy, supported by Unilever.


    I am a social, economic and health Geographer. I have an ongoing interest in the ways in which economics and the connections between distant parts of the world can influence people's lives, and what interventions can be made to ensure social well-being and environmental sustainability. These questions are relevant within my work on the labour in circular economies, the decent work deficit for young people in lower income countries, with internal migration and the cholera outbreak in 2010 Haiti, and in the setting of English local councils as they cope with austerity measures."

    My current projects include

    1. Decent work and youth livelihoods - this work is concerned with the serious lack of decent work for young people in lower income countries, and is done in collaboration with the youth NGO Restless Development.
    2. Regimes of Austerity: Economic Change and the Politics of Contraction - this research examines the politics of austerity in British and North American cities as they respond to recession, recovery, fiscal uncertainty, growing economic inequality, and changing policy demands.

    My previous research includes a study of the history of infectious diseases amongst forced migrants, drawing data from population displacements around the world, as part of a team working on a project entitled Humanitarian Crises, Population Displacement and Epidemic Disease 1901-2010.

    My PhD was concerned with attitudes towards international inequality amongst people positioned differently along a spectrum of wealth. Prior to beginning my PhD I worked with Professor Danny Dorling, to produce hundreds of world cartograms (apparently distorted world maps) to show variables ranging from to wealth distribution, to species at risk of extinction, to commuting times.



    Barford, A. and Cieslik, K., 2019. Making a life: a youth employment agenda.

    Barford, A. and Coombe, R., 2019. Getting by: young people’s working lives.

    Gray, M. and Barford, A., 2018. The Depths of the Cuts: the Uneven Geography of Local Government Austerity. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

    Barford, A., 2017. Emotional responses to world inequality. Emotion, Space and Society, v. 22, p.25-35. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2016.10.006.

    Barford, A., 2016. Discourses supporting socio-economic inequality in Kenya, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Portuguese Journal of Social Science, v. 15, p.331-347. doi:10.1386/pjss.15.3.331_1.

    Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2016. Mapping Disease Patterns. Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. Published Online : 17 MAY 2016, DOI: 10.1002/9781118445112.stat06102.pub2

    Barford, A. and Pickett, K. 2015. How to Build a More Equal American Society: Lessons from Successful Experiences. Solutions, 4(5), 60-71

    Smallman-Raynor, M., Cliff, A. and Barford, A. 2015. Geographical Perspectives on Epidemic Transmission of Cholera in Haiti, October 2010 Through March 2013. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(4), 665-683

    Barford, A. 2014. Representation. in Castree, N., Kitchin, R., Lawson, V., Lee, R., Paasi, A., Radcliffe, S., and Withers, C. (eds.) Sage Handbook of Human Geography. London: Sage.

    Barford, A. 2014. 'Challenging Assumptions: The causes of international inequality', Geography, 99(2), 103-6.

    Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2011. Inequality. In Southerton, D. et al. (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. SAGE Publications, London

    Dorling, D., Newman, M. and Barford, A. 2010. Atlas of the real world (2nd edition). Thames and Hudson, London. Also published in Germany and Austria.

    Barford, A., Dorling, D. and Pickett, K., 2010. Re-evaluating self-evaluation. A commentary on Jen, Jones, and Johnston (68:4, 2009). Soc Sci Med, v. 70, p.496-497. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.059

    Barford, A., 2009. World poverty - what can we do about it? Geography, 94, p.215-218.

    Dorling, D. and Barford, A., 2009. The inequality hypothesis: thesis, antithesis, and a synthesis? Health Place, 15, 1166-1169. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.06.005.

    Moraru, M., Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2009. Cartografiando la extensión de la globalización. Geofocus, 9, 1-18

    Two further foreign language editions of Dorling, D., Newman, M. and Barford, A. 2009. The atlas of the real world. Published in South Korea and Japan.

    Dorling, D., Newman, M. and Barford, A. 2008. The atlas of the real world. London, Thames & Hudson.  Also published in the United States, France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.  

    Barford, A. 2008. Worldmapper, des centaines de cartes du monde sur Internet. M@ppemonde, 89(1), 1-15

    Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2008. Telling an old story with new maps. In: Dodge, M., McDerby, M. and Turner, M. (eds.) Geographic Vizualization: Concepts, Tools and Applications. Wiley, Chichester

    Barford, A. and Dorling, D., 2007. Re-ordering the world. Geography Review, v. 20, p.8-11.

    Barford, A. and Dorling, D., 2007. The shape of the global causes of death. Int J Health Geogr, v. 6, p.48-48. doi:10.1186/1476-072X-6-48.

    Dorling, D. and Barford, A., 2007. Shaping the world to illustrate inequalities in health. Bull World Health Organ, v. 85, p.890-893. doi:10.2471/BLT.07.044131.

    Dorling, D., Barford, A. and Wheeler, B., 2007. Health impacts of an environmental disaster: a polemic. Environ Res Lett, v. 2, p.045007-045007. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/2/4/045007.

    Barford, A. and Dorling, D., 2006. A new approach to mapping the world: visualizing facets of international health. Natl Med J India, v. 19, p.234-235.

    Barford, A., Dorling, D., Davey Smith, G. and Shaw, M., 2006. The cause for quiet celebration.. BMJ, v. 332, p.1095-1096. doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7549.1095-c.

    Barford, A., Dorling, D., Davey Smith, G. and Shaw, M., 2006. Life expectancy: women now on top everywhere. British Medical Journal, v. 332, p.808-808. doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7545.808.

    Dorling, D. and Barford, A. (2006). Humanising Geography. Geography, Autumn 2006, 187-197

    Dorling, D., Barford, A. and Newman, M., 2006. WORLDMAPPER: the world as you've never seen it before. IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph, v. 12, p.757-764. doi:10.1109/TVCG.2006.202.

    Moraru, M., Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2006. The long war. Student BMJ, 14, 445