About Me

Education

I studied philosophy at the Universities of York, St Andrews, Warwick, and Columbia, New York, where I was a visiting PhD 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, or sensory, experience—a topic that has always fascinated me and which continues to form the primary focus of my research.

Academic appointments

From January 2013 to June 2014, I taught philosophy at the University of Sussex. 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.

From 2014 to 2017, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the AHRC-funded interdisciplinary research project, Rethinking the Senses: Uniting the Philosophy and Neuroscience of Perception at the University of Glasgow, which investigated 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.

I have since taught various courses in the philosophy of mind and perception at the University of Edinburgh, and in 2019 started a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo as part of the Perceiving Representations: A Study of Structural Commonalities between Language, Pictures and Music project.

Background

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

When I’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, Norway, with my wife and son.