Barry's research interests are in applied macroeconomics and economic policy, with particular interests in issues concerned with financial and housing markets, employment and productivity in the UK and internationally
Prior to joining NIESR, Barry had worked in a number of roles in the private and public sectors. Immediately prior to joining, Barry had been Chief Economist at Santander UK for 20 years. He has also been a senior economist at HSBC, an Economic Advisor at both HM Treasury and the National Economic Development Office (NEDO) and a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB), having served as a Chief Examiner for the Institute during the 1990s.