I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education where I lead the Doctorate in Education. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln in 2007, I worked in London for Amnesty International and prior to that, the British Film Institute. Over the past 20 years, I have taught at all levels of education, from a Kindergarten and public school in Japan to undergraduate and doctoral programmes in the USA and UK, as well as informal adult education.
My research focuses on co-operative education, workplace democracy and alternative forms of higher education, contributing to a number of sub-disciplines and contemporary research themes in the social sciences. These include the sociology of work and critical labour studies; critical social theory; the sociology of education; the co-operative movement, social movements and activism; and the sociology of technology and information. Most recently, I have started to undertake research into craft education, with a specific focus on the teaching and learning of lutherie in the UK through the routes of autodidacticism, apprenticeships and vocational education.
I am Programme Leader for the MA Education and Doctorate in Education and oversee all doctoral applications for the School of Education. I currently supervise several doctoral students and co-ordinate two post-graduate modules: Developing Research: Paradigms and Perspectives and Social Justice and Education. I also contribute to teaching on the School’s PGCE Programmes and am a member of the School Ethics committee and the School Research Committee.
The UCU Learning Rep for the university.
A Director of the Lincolnshire Co-operative Development Agency
Chair of Governors of Branston Junior Academy School
DUALL: JISC Greening ICT Programme (Consultancy for University of DeMontfort, 2010)