I studied for all of my degrees at the University of Leeds (1996-2005), before commencing a postdoctoral fellowship at Trinity College Dublin. After returning to the UK I worked at a number of universities before starting my current post in August 2013. I am the Managing Editor for the new, cross-disciplinary Transforming Capitalism book series published by Rowman & Littlefield International, and I am on the Editorial Board for the journal Art & the Public Sphere. Also, I was the Chair of the Critical Political Economy Research Network of the European Sociological Association from 2009-13, and am now on CPERN's International Advisory Board.
On past activities, from 2010-15 I was on the Governing Board of the European International Studies Association, in the process acting as one of the two programme chairs for both the 2013 and 2015 EISA conferences. From 2012-14 I was the Chair of the Book Prize panel of judges for the International Political Economy Group of the British International Studies Association, and from 2011-15 I was part of the editorial team for the Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy.
I am developing my links with trade unions, think-tanks and related organisations, at the national and the European level. For instance, I have been an invited speaker at events organised by the Swedish Workers' Educational Association (an affiliate of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation), IG Metall (the German metalworkers' union), Ver.di (the German services union), and Real World Economics. I have also been interviewed for an edition of BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme on varieties of capitalism, and have contributed articles for periodicals, magazines and newspapers.
I have a keen interest in pedagogy, especially with regard to the production of knowledge as informed by a literary-theoretical perspective. Examples, in addition to my research and publications record, include my presentation at a number of conferences and symposia on these issues and also the recording of a series of videos on critical thinking when I was working at Loughborough University.
My 2008 monograph Culture and Consensus in European Varieties of Capitalism: A 'Common Sense' Analysis was shortlisted for the 2009 Book Prize awarded by the International Political Economy Group (IPEG) of the British International Studies Association (BISA), and it was also IPEG's 2009 nomination for the BISA Susan Strange Book Prize.