I am a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol, with interests in the representation of climate change and energy in contemporary literature. My doctoral research looked at contemporary popular science writing and representations of science in contemporary British fiction and drama. From 2007-2010 I co-convened the Cultures of Climate Change research group at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. Since then, I have held positions at the Open University, the University of Edinburgh and as an AHRC Knowledge Placement Fellow at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). I was a research associate on the AHRC-funded Stories of Change project, a part of the cross-council Connected Communities theme, leading on the Energy Generation strand. I am co-editor of the recently published special double issue on ‘Stories of Energy: Literary, Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives’ with Prof Axel Goodbody. I am currently editing a volume called Working with time in qualitative research: case studies, theory and practice with Prof Keri Facer and Prof Johan Siebers (Routledge, forthcoming 2021). I have also published on environmental computer games, the energy humanities, and cli-fi.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an internationally recognized accreditation of quality and professionalism in higher education teaching.
Away from my desk, I like leatherwork, foraging, wild-swimming, wood-carving and that sort of thing. I make leather items of all kinds for sale, and am available for commisions if you have something special in mind. I am also available to teach workshops on leatherwork.
I play traditional Irish, Scots and English music on the fiddle, and am a well known player on the Irish session scene in London, Bristol and Bath. I play for a number of ceilidh bands in Bristol and the South West. I teach traditional fiddle lessons from my home in Bristol, for players of all standards from complete beginners to advanced players.