Stephen Barber (born 1974) is a British political scientist, political economist and author. He is currently a Senior Lecturer with the University of Bedfordshire. Previously, he was Associate Professor in Public Policy at London South Bank University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Global Policy Institute. He has also worked in the European Research Forum. He is a specialist in British public policy and party politics, political economy and having worked in the City of London, the globalisation of financial markets. He holds a BA in government, a MA in contemporary history and aPhD in political science, awarded by several London universities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Member of the Securities & Investment Institute. Following the Northern Rock and banking credit crisis in 2008, he outlined his concept of a regulatory cycle of economic behaviour.
He wrote and presented the [Radio 4] programme ‘The Case for Doing Nothing’ which was broadcast in October 2016.