My research interests are centred on rural development and the creation of sustainable and “liveable” rural communities. My ongoing research continues to explore the impacts of growing mobility and interdependence between urban and rural areas. In particular, I am interested in the role that businesses play in providing key services, attracting infrastructure, providing employment and training, and facilitating the social interactions that create the identity of rural places.
I am currently a Reader in Rural Geography in the School of Geography at the University of Lincoln. I moved to Lincoln in 2008 to join the Business School, initially as a Research Fellow and subsequently held the posts of Lecturer in Economics and Entrepreneurship and then Reader in Enterprise and Rural Economies.
My route to an academic research career began at Cambridge where I studied for a degree in Land Economy. Three years working as a commercial property surveyor gave me a good grounding in the real world of business before I took the opportunity to study for my research masters and PhD in the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University. This was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship.
Deputy Head of the School of Geography
Programme Leader for BA Geography
Head of the Rural Research Group