My current research involves using poetry and games to engender meaningful dialogue between 'experts' and 'non-experts'.
I currently have a book out called ‘A sonnet to science’ which investigates how poetry has influenced the lives and research of pioneering scientists.
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 Manchester Game Studies Network.
I am the programme leader for Manchester Metropolitan's BSc in Environmental Science.
I have an MA in Higher Education, and am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 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.