My current research involves investigating the relationship between The Sciences and The Arts, and how this can lead to genuine interdisciplinary research. There are two main projects that I am working on:
- A number of famous scientists (e.g. Ada Lovelace, Erasmus Darwin, James Clerk Maxwell) wrote poetry. Why did they do this and how did it influence their scientific accomplishments?
- How can The Arts be used to engender genuine dialogue between experts and non-experts?
In a past life I was also an atmospheric physicist. A detailed overview of the work that I did during an Arctic campaign can be found in this blog; some of which I wrote.
I have a 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 the facilitator-led to the expert-led approach.
And here are some blog posts relating to my teaching practices.
Over the past three years I have directly engaged with over 12,000 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.