Education

I have studied philosophy at the Universities of York, St Andrews, Warwick, and Columbia, New York where I was a visiting exchange student in 2011.

I completed my doctorate in the philosophy of mind and perception at the University of Warwick in 2013, where I was supervised by Professors Bill Brewer and Matthew Soteriou.

My PhD thesis concerned the nature of perceptual (i.e. sensory) experience—a topic that has always fascinated me and that forms the continuing focus of my research.

Academic appointments

From January 2013 to June 2014, I taught philosophy at the University of Sussex, where I convened undergraduate modules in the Philosophy of Mind, Perception and Reality, Philosophy of Science, and Plato, as well as teaching MA modules in the Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Mind and Perception.

In 2014, I received a Student-Led Teaching Award for Outstanding Support for the Learning Experience of Students, voted for by students at the University of Sussex, and I was also nominated for Edinburgh University Student Association teaching awards in 2017 and 2018.

Between 2014 and 2017, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the AHRC-funded interdisciplinary research project, Rethinking the Senses: Uniting the Philosophy and Neuroscience of Perception, based at the University of Glasgow, investigating the implications of multi-modality, i.e. sensory experiences involving two or more senses, for the philosophy and science of perception.

In 2017, I was awarded John Templeton Foundation research funding via the University of Cambridge’s New Directions in the Study of the Mind initiative for a project on the temporal structure of experience. Since then I have taught various courses in the philosophy of mind and perception at the University of Edinburgh, and in 2019 began a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo as part of the Perceiving Representations project.

Background

Prior to studying philosophy, I worked in the IT industry as a software engineer and computer programmer, writing several bestselling computer games and software titles. Details of my transition from IT to philosophy can be found here.

When I’m not reading or writing philosophy, I enjoy listening to and playing music (mainly guitar and keyboards, though I’ve also been known to sing), photography, reading, tweeting, film and travel. I am a trained studio and live sound engineer, and used to run a small independent record label in the London area.

I currently live in Oslo with my wife and our not so little human.

Curriculum Vitae

Available to download (PDF).