I am lecturer (aka "assistant professor") in theological ethics at the University of Birmingham. Broadly speaking, I am an interdisciplinary scholar: trained in ethics and constructive theology with a background in the humanities, particularly literature and music. I also have a decade of prior experience working in the the high-tech sector. My work explores the problems facing our civilizations and ecologies without deference to disciplinary siloes and as a result it is both critical and constructive, data driven and humanistic. I hope that my work can participate in a broader effort to stitch back together the themes of "nature" and "culture" in the mode of a field philosopher allowing an ethnographic and quantitatively generated understanding of grassroots problems and interests to illuminate my constructive ethical reflections.
I completed my PhD in theological ethics in 2013 and this research focussed particularly on the way that ancient narratives about craft-work might illuminate present quandaries in business, engineering, and design surrounding excellence, creativity, property, and more. Since then, my research has taken on a decidedly more contemporary context and more explicitly environmental concerns, exploring through ethnographic research what forms of political mobilisation are being generated by Scottish churches and (by comparison) other environmental community groups in response to climate change. For more about my ongoing work, check out the "Projects" page on this website.
I can build a linux server, perform post-intrusion server security assessments, terminate fibre optic cables, parse through big (+geospatial) data sets using R, write code, build a PC from parts and more. These are pretty ordinary skills for an IT professional, but a bit more unusual for someone based in the Humanities. Given this industry experience (for more, see LinkedIn) I like to serve as a bridge between scholars and practitioners in informatics and humanities, particularly on those tricky ethical issues that can often crop up and which can benefit from the insights of real experience and philosophical reflection.
I'm delighted to be a part of the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network and as my introduction indicates have been bringing a perspective from religious studies and ethics into that context for the past several years. Nature is no longer something out there - and wilderness is all around us, and I like to explore new possible modes of ethical reflection that can function in this newly hybrid context.
I'm currently working on two book projects, one arises from my post-doctoral research and is tentatively titled, Ecological Reconciliation and Time Reckoning in the Anthropocene. In this book, I explore temporally situated ways of reckoning with environmental change and crisis (lament, nostalgia, hope, etc.). My other ongoing project focusses on the ethics of design, seeking to provide a philosophically rooted engagement with the new craftivism.