I am a writer, researcher and academic.
I am a PhD research candidate at the University of Bristol, where I am in receipt of a full ESRC scholarship. My research focuses on how modern financial systems are contributing to environmental crises and ecological collapse. I will explore how different types of financial systems – and accordingly, varying levels of financialisation – lead to different climate outcomes through the opportunities or restrictions they place on different industries, for instance, in maintaining the dominance of the fossil fuels industry and in restricting the growth of the renewable energy sector.
Outside my academic career I’ve worked for charities, social enterprises, private companies and startups, in a variety of roles spanning project management, research, marketing and communications, and beyond.
Over the years, I’ve written for many of the organisations I’ve worked for, as well as for different publications and myself in my own time. This website collects some of the articles, op-eds and essays I’ve published over my career. They express my wide-ranging interests and experience – across health and social care, technology, psychology, mental health, politics and identity, economics, finance and environmental sustainability, and beyond.
My writing is motivated by a desire to understand the complex, systemic nature of the problems we face as a species, and to contribute where I can to what some of the solutions might be.
We are living in a period of profound of upheaval and crisis. Since 2007, countries around the world have experienced numerous ‘one-in-a-life-time’ crises – of finance and economy, populism and democracy, public health, and environment and sustainability. Each of these crises are intimately linked and self-reinforcing. And they are each a product of the economic system – capitalism – that shapes the way we organise as a species.
While this extended period of crisis has caused untold misery, every such period provides an opportunity for change, opening up the space for a shift away from the dominant policy paradigm, economic doctrine or ideology.
Even over the last century, this has happened a number of times. The Great Depression in the 1930’s and World War Two enabled the shift away from classical liberalism to the Keynesianism paradigm; the economic crisis of the 1970’s – caused by a succession of oil price crises and the rigidity of the Bretton Woods exchange rate system – led to the rise of the neoliberal paradigm of Thatcher and Reagan.
Such paradigmatic shifts are first preceded by a period of crisis that challenges the legitimacy of the status quo. Second, each shift is facilitated by the work of activists and grassroots organisations, journalists, researchers and academics, politicians and political parties, who apply pressure to the system, challenging the status quo, and working towards the development of alternative politico-economic ideology and framework. Third, the alternative ideology and framework acts as the foundation upon which politicians can explain why the crisis occurred, articulate the solutions, and paint a vision for the future. If timed correctly, doing so can come at a time that allows that new paradigm to capitalise on the crisis to win elections and rise to power.
In this context, my writing is motivated by a desire to contribute to that burgeoning set of ideas, policies and solutions that will support the transformational, systemic shift our present period of extended crisis requires to find resolution – one that is more sustainable, equitable and rational for all. If I can make even a small offering to this goal then I’ll be content.