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, and was supervised by Professors Bill Brewer and Matthew Soteriou.

My PhD thesis concerned the nature of perceptual (i.e. sensory) experience—a topic that I have always found fascinating 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, plus an MA module in the 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.

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 research funding by the University of Cambridge’s New Directions in the Study of the Mind initiative for a project on the temporal structure of experience, and I have recently started a two-year Teaching Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

Background

Prior to studying philosophy, I worked in the IT industry as a software engineer and computer programmer, writing several bestselling computer games and other software titles, including websites and interactive multimedia installations. 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’m an experienced studio and live sound engineer, and used to run a small independent record label in the London area.

I currently live in Glasgow with my wife and son.

Curriculum Vitae

Available to download (PDF).