I am an Environmental Geographer interested in the interactions between science, technology, policy, and practice in the environmental sphere – particularly nature conservation, sustainable agriculture, and climate change. I completed my PhD in December 2014 with Professor Susan Owens at the University of Cambridge, which looked at the interactions between knowledge and policy in UK environmental policy. Since completing this PhD, I have undertaken three postdoctoral projects – two at the University of Cambridge with Professor Bill Sutherland, firstly as part of Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Platform looking at technology use in agriculture, and secondly as part of the EU Biodiversity Observation Network investigating conservation science-policy interfaces. Before moving to UEA, I undertook a third postdoc at University College London on an ESRC-funded project assessing the use of evidence in the UK Parliament with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
Two themes are currently being explored – (1) investigating the use of evidence to support environmental decision-making in legislatures, and (2) understanding the impacts of new technology on agricultural society. I will soon advertise for PhD students who are interested in developing research projects in either field. I value inter-disciplinary collaboration and thus enjoy working with colleagues from outside of my discipline, as well as outside of academia. I am committed to improving science communication, and strive to ensure that my work is both academically and practically useful. I am a member of the British Ecological Society and the Sustainable Intensification Research Network.
I am passionate about teaching and consider myself privileged to have the opportunity to shape talented young minds. I have extensive teaching experience (c700 hours) at the University of Cambridge, mainly small-group supervisions across both Human and Physical Geography, but also lecturing and course co-design. I was lucky enough to be Director of Undergraduate Studies in Geography at Gonville and Caius College for two years, where I looked after 14 fantastic students as they progressed through their studies. Here, I had a reputation for being an empathetic adviser, who went above and beyond for his students, whilst always demanding high standards. We also had plentiful cake, as well as a Geography board game night! I look forward to teaching, and advising, my new students at UEA!