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Andrew Kirby

Andrew Kirby

Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences


School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Arizona State University - West
PO Box 37100
Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences


Andrew Kirby is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His research is primarily focused on urban issues and he teaches an undergraduate class on Sustainable Cities. He is Editor of Current Research on Cities, City Profiles Editor of Cities: the international journal of Urban Policy and Planning; and co-editor of the University of Arizona Press series Society, Environment and Place. He has taught in Arizona since 1988.


  • PhD, Geography, University of Newcastle, 1976
  • BA (honours), Geography, University of Newcastle, 1973


Journal Articles


Kirby, A. 2019. Sustainability, adaptation and the local state: An overview. Journal of Sustainability Research 1::e190012. DOI: 10.20900/jsr20190012. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 2019. Transdisciplinarity and sustainability science: A response to Sakao and Brambila-Macias in the context of sustainable cities research. Journal of Cleaner Production 210(Feb):238-245. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.003. (link )


Kirby, A. 2018. Urban adaptation to climate change: Geographers and wicked problems. Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles 29(2735):1-17. DOI: 10.21138/bage.2735. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 2014. Adapting cities, adapting curriculum. Geography 99(2):90-98. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 2014. Geographical leadership, sustainability and urban education. Geography 99(1):13-19. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 2013. Cities and powerful knowledge: An editorial essay on accepted wisdom and global urban theory [Part I]. Cities 32(July Supple. 1):53-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2013.06.002. (link )


Kamalski, J. and A. M. Kirby. 2012. Bibliometrics and urban knowledge transfer. Cities 29(December Supple. 2):S3-S8. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2012.06.012. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 2012. Guest editorial: Scientific communication, open access, and the publishing industry. Political Geography 31(5):256-259. DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2012.04.001. (link )

Kirby, A. M. and S. Glavac. 2012. Privatised development and the quality of urban life. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning 165(3):167-175. DOI: 10.1680/udap.11.00017. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 2011. The bibliometrics of urban creativity and CCS. City, Culture and Society 2(3):169-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.ccs.2011.09.002. (link )


Kirby, A. M. and A. Modarres. 2010. The suburban question: An introduction. Cities 27(2):65-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2010.01.001. (link )

Modarres, A. and A. M. Kirby. 2010. The suburban question: Notes for a research program. Cities 27(2):114-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2009.11.009. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 2008. The production of private space and its implications for urban social relations. Political Geography 27(1):74-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2007.06.010. (link )


Kirby, A. M., S. L. Harlan, L. Larsen, E. J. Hackett, B. Bolin, A. L. Nelson, T. R. Rex and S. Wolf. 2006. Examining the significance of housing enclaves in the metropolitan United States of America. Housing, Theory and Society 23(1):19-33. DOI: 10.1080/14036090500435995. (link )


Garcia-Ramon, M. D., A. M. Kirby, A. Luna, L. Riudor and P. Zusman. 2004. The Occidental Tourist: Said, Orientalism and the Mediterranean. The Arab World Geographer 7(1-2):65-78. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 2004. Metropolitics or retropolitics?. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 36(4):753-759. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2004.00448.x. (link )

Larsen, L., S. L. Harlan, B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, D. Hope, A. M. Kirby, A. L. Nelson, T. R. Rex and S. Wolf. 2004. Bonding and bridging: Understanding the relationship between social capital and civic action. Journal of Planning Education and Research 24(1):64-77. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 2003. The housing market and the contemporary American city: A global overview. Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia 55:135-150. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 2001. What in the world? Notes on Peter Taylor’s Political Geography: World economy, state and locality. Political Geography 20(6):727-744. DOI: 10.1016/S0962-6298(01)00029-4. (link )


Kirby, A. M. and J. Hyndman. 1998. The Americanization of American geography. GeoJournal 45(1):51-56. DOI: 10.1023/A:1006981009126. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 1997. Is the state our enemy?. Political Geography 16(1):1-12. DOI: 10.1016/S0962-6298(96)00065-0. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1997. Restating what’s obviously not obvious: Why we need to think longer and harder about the state apparatus. Political Geography 16(1):33-36. DOI: 10.1016/S0962-6298(96)00068-6. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 1995. Cities: A research agenda for the close of the century. Cities 12(1):5-11. DOI: 10.1016/0264-2751(95)91861-9. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1995. VIEWPOINT: Straight talk on the PomoHomo question. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 2(1):89-96. DOI: 10.1080/09663699550022125. (link )


Laituri, M. and A. M. Kirby. 1994. Finding fairness in America's cities? The search for environmental equity in everyday life. Journal of Social Issues 50(3):121-139. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1994.tb02423.x. (link )


Katz, C. and A. M. Kirby. 1991. In the nature of things: The environment and everyday life. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 16(3):259-271. DOI: 10.2307/622947. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1991. Editorial: On ethics and power in higher education. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 15(1):75-77. DOI: 10.1080/03098269108709132. (link )

Kirby, A. M. and M. D. Ward. 1991. Modernity and the process of state formation: An examination of 20th century Africa. International Interactions: Empirical and Theoretical Research in International Relations 17(1):113-126. DOI: 10.1080/03050629108434772. (link )


Clarke, S. E. and A. M. Kirby. 1990. In search of the corpse: The mysterious case of local politics. Urban Affairs Quarterly 25(3):389-412. DOI: 10.1177/004208169002500302. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1990. A smoking gun: Relations between the state and local state in the case of firearms control. Policy Studies Journal 18(3):739-754. DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-0072.1990.tb00628.x. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1990. Chevy Novas and Toyota Toyolettes: Defending the region from the generalized elsewhere. Journal of the Southwest 32:479-490. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1990. Law and disorder: Morton Grove and the community control of handguns. Urban Geography 11(5):474-487. DOI: 10.2747/0272-3638.11.5.474. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 1989. A sense of place. Critical Studies in Mass Communications 6(3):322-326. DOI: 10.1080/15295038909366756. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1989. Tiempo, espacio y accion collective: espacio politico/geografia politica. Documents D-Analisi Geografica 15:67-88. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 1988. Context, common sense and the reality of place: A critical reading of Meyrowitz. Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior 18(2):239-250. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5914.1988.tb00125.x. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1988. High-level nuclear waste transportation: Political implications of the weakest link in the nuclear fuel cycle. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 6(3):311-322. DOI: 10.1068/c060311. (link )

Marston, S. A. and A. M. Kirby. 1988. Urbanization, industrialization, and the social creating of a space economy: A reconstruction of the historical development of Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts. Urban Geography 9(4):358-375. DOI: 10.2747/0272-3638.9.4.358. (link )


Clarke, S. E., A. M. Kirby and R. F. McNown. 1987. Research policy and review 18. Losing Ground—or losing credibility? An examination of a recent policy debate in the United States. Environment and Planning A 19(8):1015-1025. DOI: 10.1068/a191015. (link )

Kirby, A. M. 1987. Progress Report: The local state and urban politics. Urban Geography 8(3):273-279. DOI: 10.2747/0272-3638.8.3.273. (link )

Kirby, A. M. and A. K. Lynch. 1987. A ghost in the growth machine: The aftermath of rapid population growth in Houston. Urban Studies 24(6):587-596. DOI: 10.1080/00420988720080811. (link )

Kirby, A. M. and M. D. Ward. 1987. The spatial analysis of peace and war. Comparative Political Studies 20(3):293-313. DOI: 10.1177/0010414087020003002. (link )

Ward, M. D. and A. M. Kirby. 1987. Reexamining spatial models of international conflicts. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 77(2):279-283. (link )


Kirby, A. M. 1986. Survey: Le monde braudellien. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 4(2):211-218. DOI: 10.1068/d040211. (link )



Warren, P. S., D. Hope, S. L. Harlan, A. M. Kirby, D. G. Casagrande, N. S. Jones and A. P. Kinzig. 2004. Correlated ecological and social variation in the urban landscape: Exploring potential causes and consequences. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.


Harlan, S. L., B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, D. Hope, A. M. Kirby, L. Larsen, A. L. Nelson, T. R. Rex, S. Wolf and T. Jones. 2003. Community and environment in a desert metropolis. Presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )


Harlan, S. L., A. L. Nelson, E. J. Hackett, A. M. Kirby, B. Bolin, K. Pijawka, T. R. Rex and D. Hope. 2001. Phoenix area social survey: Long-term monitoring of social interaction, and environmental change in urban neighborhoods. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )


Harlan, S. L., A. L. Nelson, E. J. Hackett, B. Bolin, A. M. Kirby and K. Pijawka. 2000. Phoenix area social survey. Poster presented at 2-4 August 2000, Long-Term Ecological Research: Unifying Principles and Global Applications, LTER All Scientists Meeting, Snowbird, UT.

Nelson, A. L., S. L. Harlan, T. D. Hogan, T. R. Rex, E. J. Hackett, B. Bolin, E. Sadalla, K. Pijawka, E. K. Burns and A. M. Kirby. 2000. Phoenix area social survey. Poster presented at 19 January 2000, CAP LTER Second Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )



Kirby, A. M., S. L. Harlan, B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, L. Larsen, T. R. Rex and S. Wolf. 2003. Building walls, building community? A preliminary examination of common-interest neighborhoods in Phoenix. Presented at the June 2003 second annual Hawaiian International Conference in Social Sciences.



Harlan, S. L., L. Larsen, T. R. Rex, S. Wolf, E. J. Hackett, A. M. Kirby, B. Bolin, A. L. Nelson and D. Hope. 2003. The Phoenix Area Social Survey: Community and environment in a desert metropolis. Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University.. Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Contribution Series 2. (link )