I studied at Warwick (BA), Liverpool (MA) and King's College London (PhD). Before coming to Manchester for the second time in 2012, I was a temporary lecturer at Edinburgh (1994-5), St. Andrews (1995-6) and UCL (1996-7), a postdoc at the Australian National University (1997-9), a lecturer/senior lecturer at Manchester (1999-2005), and then a professor at Birmingham (2005-12), where I did stints as Head of Department (2005-8) and Head of School (2011-12).
From September 2016 to August 2019, I was the Principal investigator on the AHRC-funded project, 'The age of metaphysical revolution: David Lewis and his place in the history of analytic philosophy', with my new colleauges at Manchester Fraser MacBride, Frederique Janssen-Lauret and Anthony Fisher.
I've been involved in various other research projects, including a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2008-10) and a large AHRC project ('Metaphysics of Science', 2006-9), on which I was a co-investigator along with Alexander Bird (Bristol, PI) and Stephen Mumford (Nottingham).
I am Chair of the Editorial Board of BSPS Open, a new joint initiative between the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and University of Calgary Press that will publish a series of open-access philosophy of science monographs at no cost to the author or their institution. (Watch a short explanatory video.) I'm also an associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and was one of the co-editors of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2013-17. I'm also on the editorial boards of Hume Studies and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
Since 2015 I have been one of four Patrons of the Athena SWAN Charter. I was President of the Aristotelian Society 2017-18, President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science 2015-17, Director of the British Philosophical Assocation 2007-2011, and a member of the AHRC's Advisory Board 2009-2013.