I am a historian of modern Britain working mainly on popular politics and the history of everyday life. I am currently writing a history of individualism and community in post-war England, and teaching at the University of Exeter. I have previously held posts at a range of universities including UCL, Liverpool, Cambridge and Harvard. I am keen to explore the political and policy implications of historical research and have written for a number of progressive journals including Renewal, Juncture, Fabian Review and New Left Project. Outside work I particularly enjoy hiking, birdwatching, kayaking and horticulture and I look forward to having more opportunities to indulge these interests in Devon.
I have thirty years’ experience working as a sociologist including designing and conducting research on a wide range of topics. These include wellbeing and mental health, the impact of divorce, and women’s career trajectories. Links to my publications are available on my Google Scholar page. More applied projects have included work on poverty for Cambridge City Council, and research on the experience of being on long waiting lists for the East Anglian Regional Health Authority. I am currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter and taking a lead on Impact for the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. Outside work I have been involved with community campaigns and local politics and enjoy a cappella singing and poetry. With my partner Jon, I have had an allotment for over 20 years first in Liverpool and then in Cambridge.
Moving to Dartmoor ...
provides us with an opportunity to live a more sustainable and balanced life - continuing our academic work with a more grounded and practical focus. The aim is to continue the restoration of the gardens at St Olaves to include a productive orchard and kitchen garden. We also hope to improve habitats for wildlife and birds, particularly along the stretch of the River Teign that borders our patch of land.