I am a specialist in science and technology studies, with particular interests in science and policy; science communication, engagement and participation; environmental and agricultural politics; contemporary history; and interdisciplinarity.

Much of my research explores how scientific knowledge is produced, communicated, interpreted and contested in the wider public sphere, particularly during public knowledge controversies. I have explored these dynamics through a series of case studies, including of popular evolutionary psychology and communication and participation in food chain risks. I also study cross-disciplinary interactions across health, agriculture and the environment, particularly in terms of agenda building and collaboration around the idea of ‘One Health‘.

I have recently completed a Wellcome Trust Fellowship investigating the history of bovine TB in the UK since c. 1965 and debates over whether to cull wild badgers in order to control the disease in domestic cattle. The findings will be published in my forthcoming monograph, Vermin, Victims and Disease: British Debates over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers (Palgrave Macmillan).

You can see further details of my publications here and on Google Scholar.

As an extension of my interests in public engagement, I chair the Science in Public Research Network: a cross disciplinary meeting space for academics and professionals interested in science, technology and medicine in the public sphere.


PhD in Science Studies: Of Academics, Publishers and Journalists: Popular Evolutionary Psychology in the UK, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh (2004).

MSc. (by research) in Science Studies, SPSS, University of Edinburgh (1999).

BSc. in Psychology and Zoology (2:1), School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol (1997).

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