My current research involves using poetry and games to engender meaningful dialogue between 'experts' and 'non-experts'. There are three main projects that I am working on:
- A number of famous scientists (e.g. Ada Lovelace, Humphry Davy, James Clerk Maxwell) wrote poetry. Why did they do this and how did it influence their scientific accomplishments?
- How can poetry be used to develop two-way dialogues between experts and non-experts?
- How can tabletop games be used to discuss science in a meaningful fashion?
A list of my publications can be found here. I also wrote a book about Effective Science Communication, and am the Chief Executive Editor of the Geoscience Communication journal and the co-director of the Games Research Network.
I am the programme leader for Manchester Metropolitan's MSc in Science Communication, which includes a unit in SciArt that is co-taught with MA students from the Manchester School of Art.
I have an MA in Higher Education, and am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). My dissertation looked at how poetry can be used to improve student engagement, a copy of which can be read here.
Here's a video of me talking about why I favour a facilitator-led approach to teaching.
And here are some blog posts relating to my teaching practices.
Over the past three years I have directly engaged with over 20,000 members of the general public, developing and delivering a variety of different activities ranging from school assemblies and classroom visits to science fairs and poetry performances.
I helped to set up the science policy unit at Manchester Metropolitan: MetroPolis.
I have also been an invited panellist, lecturer, and after-dinner speaker for, amongst others: the Royal Meteorological Society, the British Science Association, the British Council, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.