Barry has just moved to become a studio director at the Mobile Life research centre in Stockholm. His recent work has focused on the sociology and design of leisure technologies - computer systems for leisure and pleasure. Recent publications include studies of activities as diverse as games, tourism, museum visiting, the use of maps, television watching and sport spectating. He has also edited books on music consumption (with Kenton O'Hara), and mobile phone use (with Richard Harper and Nicola Green).
He was previously an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, a research fellow on the Equator project at the University of Glasgow and a research scientist at Hewlett-Packard's research labs in Bristol. His qualifications include a degree in computer science from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Surrey.